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Product Safety & Social Compliance Statement

January 31st, 2014 No comments

Product Safety & Social Compliance Statement

 

American made promotional products

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to America jobs at a fair wage and safe and healthy work environment.

We strive to conduct all of our business activities with integrity, social responsibility and in compliance with all legal and ethical standards of each of the countries we conduct business in.

We carefully vet all our suppliers and their factories as both quality and safety are our most critical concerns.

BuyUSPromos.com and its manufacturers shall comply with all applicable national, state, provincial and local laws and regulations, industry standards, UN Conventions, and any other requirements that pertain to product safety, employment practices and product manufacturing.

BuyUSPromos.com requires strict compliance with this commonly accepted Code of Conduct from all of our suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors and other production facilities. BuyUSPromos.com believes that by insisting on compliance, it will allow us to offer safe products, produced in a safe environment, while complying with all applicable national, local and international laws and regulations. To do this, they must ensure compliance with the following:

Child Labor

BuyUSPromos.com absolutely forbids the use of child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Conventions or by the national law of the country where the work is being performed.

All employees must meet the country’s minimum age requirement to act as labor.

All factories that conduct business with BuyUSPromos.com must maintain official records that verify the employee’s date of birth and date of employment. This documentation must be available for inspection at any time.

Forced Labor

BuyUSPromos.com prohibits the use of prison or forced labor in the manufacturing of our products. This policy extends to all other third party suppliers or subcontractors that are involved in the manufacturing of BuyUSPromos.com’ s products.

Wages, Hours and Benefits

Our manufacturers and their associated suppliers must comply with all laws regulating wages, working hours, overtime and employee benefits for the particular country in which they are located.

All workers must be paid at least the national minimum wage.

Freedom of Association

We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.

Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices

Workers will not experience discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics.

Health and Safety

The workplace must be a safe and healthy environment based on the recognized international standards, local laws and regulations.

The factory and all work areas must be well lighted and ventilated.

The workplace must have sufficient operational and inspected fire extinguishers, and people trained to operate them. The workplace must also have functioning fire alarms.

All work areas must have clearly marked exits. These exits must remain unlocked and accessible during all working hours.

All doors, aisles, exits, stairwells and traffic areas are to be kept clear and accessible for easy evacuation.

All equipment must be maintained in good operating condition and up to code.

All factories must provide a well-stocked first-aid kit in each work area.

Environment Issues

All factories must abide by all local and national environmental laws.

The factory must have in place policies and procedures for waste management, handling and disposal of chemicals and other dangerous materials. All emissions and effluent treatments must meet or exceed minimum legal and regulatory requirements.

BuyUSPromos.com insists our vendors and their associated suppliers share our commitment to a clean and safe environment.

BuyUSPromos.com reserves the right to either conduct its own inspections or have an appointed third party organization conduct inspections of BuyUSPromos.com’ s supplier’s factories, workplace environments, employment practices, records, and facilities at any time to ensure they are operating at a level meeting or exceeding BuyUSPromos.com’ s high standards.

California Proposition 65 Statements

All products shipped by BuyUSPromos.com into the State of California are subject to Proposition 65 regulations. Proposition 65 is also known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Proposition 65 was originally enacted to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water supply from various chemicals determined by a state agency to cause birth defects, cancer or other diseases or harm. Over 850 chemicals are now included on California’s list of Proposition 65 chemicals. A complete list of chemicals can be found at www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.

Proposition 65 requires any person or company to give a “clear and reasonable warning” to any individuals before “knowingly and intentionally” exposing them to any of the listed Proposition 65 chemicals during the course of doing business. The regulation includes activities that involve manufacturing, assembling, distributing, storing, selling or any other activity that involves the transfer of consumer products.

This warning must occur unless the person or company can demonstrate that the exposure to the chemical is so small that it causes “no significant risk” or “no observable effect.” For most of the Proposition 65 chemicals, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has determined “safe harbor” levels of exposure. As long as the chemical level falls below the “safe harbor” level, no warning is required.

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. We have always and will continue to work with our vendors and suppliers to ensure all raw materials purchased from them will meet Proposition 65 standards. In addition to Proposition 65 compliance, BuyUSPromos.com has also instituted testing and documentation procedures to help ensure that all of our products comply with all federal and state requirements.

Companies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to lawsuits relating to Proposition 65. Any section of Proposition 65 may be enforced by the California Attorney General, local district attorneys, and private plaintiffs filing suits in the public interest. Proposition 65 does not just cover items manufactured in California. It covers all products entering California. Businesses located outside the state that ship products to California fall under the regulation.

BuyUSPromos.com’ s efforts have primarily focused on the third party testing for signs of lead content in our products. Lead has traditionally been the primary concern for our customers and the main focus of Proposition 65 litigation. Our third party testing is designed to confirm that the product’s lining and exterior meet “safe harbor” requirements for lead content that have been accepted by Proposition 65 and California courts.

BuyUSPromos.com cannot test every piece of product it ships into California and has not tested its products for every one of the over 850 Proposition 65 chemicals in addition to lead. Because of this, our customers may have some concern regarding Proposition 65 compliance. One option to ensure compliance is to include a label on all products that may ship to the State of California. The label would state the following:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Please contact us for more information on Proposition 65 and BuyUSPromos.com’ s compliance program.

Statement of Lead Content in Inks

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. BuyUSPromos.com is continually working with our vendors to ensure all materials used in the production of our products meet all federal and state health and safety standards, including California Proposition 65.

BuyUSPromos.com purchases inks and other supplies from a number of suppliers throughout the United States. Our ink suppliers have conducted extensive testing to document the lead content for all ink systems we currently use to decorate our products. The lead content of all the inks BuyUSPromos.com uses meet all current local and federal regulations. Testing data is available upon request.

CPSIA Compliance

BuyUSPromos.com has developed a comprehensive program to ensure products manufactured for our company comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. BuyUSPromos.com CPSIA program includes testing for all CPSC-regulated standards applicable to our products, including lead content and lead in substrates, products containing certain phthalates and lead in paint and surface coatings.

Certain sections of the law do pertain to the Promotional Products Industry, specifically to those items classified as Children’s Products. All the items found in our online catalog are designed to meet applicable Federal and State regulations. However, these items are not designed for, or intended for use by children (unless marked otherwise). Despite this, BuyUSPromos.com has undertaken testing campaigns to ensure that certain products that may appeal to children meet CPSIA requirements.

BuyUSPromos.com utilizes accredited third party testing labs. These testing labs issue certificates to substantiate that the tested products meet all     applicable CPSIA requirements.  BuyUSPromos.com also maintains General Certificate of Compliance (GCC) forms for all products in our line that may appeal to children as well as products requiring general certification. These forms are available upon request.

Depending on what is reasonably practical, BuyUSPromos.com satisfies the tracking label requirement by providing compliant tracking information on either individual item labeling or more commonly on packaging.

Though some CPSIA issues remain open and fluid, BuyUSPromos.com wants to assure our customers that we are vigorously pursuing compliance with not only CPSIA, but all federal and local regulations and that we have a comprehensive testing and documentation program in place.

New 24 Oz. Glass Water Bottle: Made in the USA

January 7th, 2013 No comments
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Imprinted promotional glass water bottles-Made in the USA-from BuyUSPromos.com

New American Made Imprinted Glass Water Bottles

 

Austin, Texas: This new glass water bottle is made in the USA and a great way to promote your brand and message.

Made of glass the large mouth opening is perfect for ice cubes– and glass is now considered to be the most natural drinking container.

Eco-friendly – these bottles can also be used as candy jars or storage containers for the desk–for rubber bands, pencils, paper clips and more.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com – where you help to support American jobs.

Help us continue to support American factories.

Click here for more details on these glass water bottles.

Tel: 512.507.4709

 

Increasing Support for Union Jobs Might Take a PR Effort

January 7th, 2013 No comments

Increase Union Jobs Through Awareness, Not Legislation Battles

A new PR campaign might be needed for greater support for Union jobs.

Austin, Texas: There has been a great deal of press over the past few months about Union jobs and the increase in right to work legislation in some states.

Although our company, BuyUSPromos.com tries to promote American jobs whether they are unionized or not, we have been paying special attention lately to adding more Union-shop factories to our list of vendors.

After meeting and dealing with these hard working factories, our New Year’s resolution was to increase by 20% the number of Union shops that we work with in 2013 — in making our tote bags, imprinted bandannas, water bottles and mugs and other promotional products.

I have been turned off by the way the media has been portraying the Unions and its members and feel that it is time to support these Unions — before they do not exist any longer.

I also think that it is time for the Unions to fight back in the media —  in public relations — on the air, in social media – wherever — to explain the value that Unions offer the country.

Perhaps if Americans hear from Union workers (not necessarily strident Union leaders), then a softer and more honest image can be created and the role and value of Union workers can be re-established.

Fighting for higher pay regardless of the profitability of factories is a losing argument.

Fighting for greater respect, better working conditions and a fair wage is certainly something that most Americans can stand for.

Support Union jobs

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Spotlight on American Factories: Plastic Imprinted Sports Bottles

May 1st, 2012 No comments
Made in the USA water bottles

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Austin, Texas  We often get asked how to our American factories make things, and this video below shows how one of our manufacturers makes blow-molded plastic water bottles.

Being made in America allows these bottles and lids to be made in dozens of color combinations, without the need for massive inventory.

The plastic promotional water bottles are made to order, then silk screened on the spot for quick turnaround time and customization.

I hope you enjoy the video.  Watch plastic bottles being made in American factory: BuyUSPromos.com

Click on the link to learn more about how to order these low cost imprinted sports bottles – and support American jobs, while building greater brand awareness.

The bottles are great for trade shows, outdoor events, concerts, children’s promotions and gift with purchase.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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New Eco-Friendly Canvas Tote Bag: Made in The USA

December 19th, 2011 No comments

Promotional Cotton Canvas tote bags by BuyUSPromos.comAustin, Texas: BuyUSPromos.com has just introduced its newest eco-friendly tote bag–made of 10 ounce cotton canvas.

This durable tote has a stylish design and a solid one inch wide handle…and they are Made in the USA.

Each bag measures 16″ H x 18″ W x 5″ D

Custom printed with your one-color logo and message, these convention totes are as low as $4.50 each.

Available exclusively from BuyUSPromos.com.

US Made Promotional Product: Imprinted Eco Journal Book

December 17th, 2011 No comments

American made promotional writing jourtnal booksAustin, Texas:  BuyUSPromos.com has just introduced their newest eco-friendly journal book, which can feature your custom imprint and logo.

When time is of the essence, we even offer five-day shipping on these dependable best sellers.

Available in five rich colors and in two sizes, all made in the USA!

Each journal includes a PenPort back cover and matching Prestige pen. Heavyweight covers in 5 colors. One-color foil imprinting. The 7″x10″ size shown here features 70 sheets of ruled filler.

Complies with FSC. 7″ W x 10″ H

Click here for more information on this journal book or at the following link to see our other imprinted journal books that are Made in America–from BuyUSPromos.com.

New Budget Pens: Made in America

December 13th, 2011 No comments
Ad Specialty pen- made in AMerica

Exclusive promotional pen--available from BuyUSPromos.com

BuyUSPromos.com has just released it new budget imprinted pen line, known as Econorama,.

These click-action pens come in a dozen different color combinations and feature your 3-4 line imprint–at wholesale prices under 50 cents a piece.

This is the first pen of its kind produced in America, with an eye towards value.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com, click here for more information on this exclusive promotional pen.

 

Custom Imprinted Recycled Mug: Made in the USA

November 30th, 2011 No comments

American made recycled promotional mugAustin, Texas: BuyUSPromos.com has just introduced their latest 100% recycled mug, which is the ideal promotional product, as it will feature your custom imprint.

Made from 100% recycled, natural post industrial Homopolymer Polypropylene, this mug is both eco-friendly and Made in the USA.

Some of its characteristics include:

• Break-resistant
• Microwave safe
• Top-rack dishwasher safe
• Made from BPA free recycled plastic
• Manufactured with solar energy
• Comes in blue or green.

Click here for more information on this recycled mug, from BuyUSPromos.com – where we help create more American jobs.

Do Unemployed Americans Need To Go Back to School to Learn New Skill Sets?

November 29th, 2011 No comments

WSJ claims there is a lack of skilled workers for new jobs marketAustin, Texas: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shows that many American companies are willing to hire, but the lack of qualified job skills is lacking.

The article states that though companies may be able to get their unskilled work done by shifting around existing staff or using temps, a shortage of skilled workers is harder to finesse. A Deloitte study found that 74% of manufacturers said a shortage of skilled production workers had a “significant negative impact” on either their productivity or expansion plans.

“There’s a tremendous shortage of skilled workers,” said Craig Giffi, a vice chairman of the consulting firm Deloitte. A recent survey it did found that 83% of manufacturers reported a moderate or severe shortage of skilled production workers to hire.

Another example cited in the article was AAR Corp., a Chicago-based aviation-parts manufacturer, which has 600 job openings, mostly for skilled trade jobs like welders and maintenance mechanics. Chief Executive David Storch said the shortage of workers has forced the company to pass up business and delay some manufacturing work. He said the company would like to start a third shift at its Indianapolis aircraft maintenance facility but has been unable to do so because of worker shortages.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to sit around and talk about the ability to grow your business if you could only hire skilled people,” Mr. Storch said.

“At a 9% unemployment rate, it would seem that people would go back to trade or technical skills to learn the skills that are needed in getting hired”, says Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com.  “Talk to the human resource directors of major employers in your area to see what type of skill sets they are looking for, and go back to school, if need be. Community colleges are an excellent place to start, as are technical schools and even online. Going back to school may seem overwhelming, at first to some people, but the new skills can help open doors that might previously have been closed.”

“In every recovery you hear about the mismatch of skills to available jobs, but this time around it seems particularly pernicious,” said Dana Saporta, an economist with Credit Suisse, She estimates the skills mismatch and similar so-called structural issues add 1.5 percentage points to the unemployment rate.

Let’s sharpen our job skills and go after the jobs are are being created.  As many jobs, previously considered “blue collar” open up due to retirement and attrition, the laws of supply and demand should mean more jobs for those willing to go outside their comfort zones a little bit.

Here’s to a growing  US economy and jobs market.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000  American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.