Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at the CHA MEGA Show

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The 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is taking place January 7-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. As an exhibitor, this is your opportunity to exhibit at the oldest and largest craft industry trade show in the U.S. and get your product in front of thousands of buyers!

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Incase that’s not enough of a reason to convince you, here are 10 more reasons to exhibit at the CHA MEGA Show:

  1. Generate new sales leads with thousands of big box and independent retail buyers who are ready to place orders
  2. Join 400+ exhibiting companies that are showcasing more than 9,000 SKUs
  3. Get exposure – Promote your brand and products to more than 150 global media outlets
  4. Leverage face-to-face networking opportunities
  5. Up-to-the minute exposure to all of the latest product trends and forecasts you need
  6. Expand internationally by reaching valuable buyers and media from more than 55 countries
  7. Develop new partnerships and expand your professional contacts
  8. Launch new products
  9. Increase brand awareness
  10. The only place you can conduct a year’s worth of business in four days

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Valuable buyers from more than 35,000 stores want to place orders with you!

Sign up to exhibit today!

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For U.S. inquiries, click here or contact Nadine Schwartz via nschwartz@craftandhobby.org or 201-835-1203.

For international inquiries, click here or contact Andrew Morton via amorton@craftandhobby.org or +44 1425 271964.

CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop Project by Madeline Faiella

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The Ribbon Print Company™ is a gem for anyone who wants to make life easier and in the most professional way.  Print anything you want on ribbon.  Don’t know what you need (it happens) the staff at The Ribbon Print Company™ is there to assist.  They don’t just sell ribbon, they are also designers and “cool thinkers”…I loved my experience with them and the product.

The quality of the ribbon is outstanding allowing you to do pretty much anything you want to do with it.  Take a saying, name, event, drawing, logo  and send them off to The Ribbon Print Company™ and they will print just about whatever you need for your wedding, corporate event, kids or grownup parties and more.

Make fabulous bows and your message is already there!  Nothing more to do.  Merry Christmas from the Smith Family and that’s all you need.  The ribbon comes in 20 brilliant colors and different widths to make your project perfect.  There are over 20 foil colors to choose from for printing your very special message.

Retailers, ribbon and foils are made to work with the TRPC Ribbon Printer (there are a few models) and a MUST HAVE in your store.

Now you can have your own key ring for when you meet the girls for coffee.  This project is easy peazy.  Using beautifully printed ribbon from The Ribbon Print Company™ your project is practically done by itself.

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Let’s Coffee Klatch Key Ring

Materials:
*16 inches of The Ribbon Print Company™ printed ribbon at 1.5” wide (Length is your choice. You will be folding it in half lengthwise.  This project is 15” of ribbon folded in half to create 7.5” tails).
*10mm beads
*seed beads (any size you like)
*needle to sew beads (be sure it fits through the beads)
*matching thread
*one key ring
*Fiskars® scissors

NOTE: Colors are your choice.  There are so many!  This project:

  1. Simply pull the ribbon through the key ring at the half point.
  2. Stitch a running stitch just below the key ring
  3. Stitch the beads directly over the running stitch
  4. Cut the bottom of the ribbon in a “V” (optional)

Now enjoy the coffee and your friends!!!  These make great gifts!

Charles & Melissa – please sign the guestbook Bookmark

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Materials:
* 21 of The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at 1.5” wide with the name of the bride and groom. (Length is your choice. You will be using two identical pieces of printed ribbon. This project is for a 10.5” bookmark so I used just over 21” of ribbon)
*The Ribbon Print Company™ ribbon at ½” wide that reads, “please sign the guestbook”. This ribbon will hang nicely down both sides of the book mark with a bow at the top.  I used 26” to create the bow and the tails.
*Scotch® Double Sided Tape. ½”
*Lace. Any flat lace the shows just over the edges of the 1.5” ribbon.  Refer to photo.
*Pearls. Any size you like.  I used coin pearls, fresh water pearls and synthetic black pearls (10mm).
*Fiskars® scissors.

  1. Cut ribbon with “names” on it in half.
  2. Place double sided tape on the long end of one piece of 1.5” ribbon with “names” on it and lay it down onto the lace. Refer to photo-edge of lace should stick out beyond edged.
  3. Repeat #2 for the other side of the 1.5”ribbon.
  4. Turn the finished taped piece over and repeat #2 and #3.
  5. Make a bow with the ½” ribbon and tape to top of one side of the bookmark. This is the FRONT of your bookmark.
  6. Use a scrap piece of ½” ribbon to cover bottom of bookmark. NOTE: This is optional.
  7. Tape 2 tails of ½” ribbon on either side of the center of the bow and allow them to hang outward from the center.
  8. Add beads/pearls to bottom of bookmark and ribbon as desired.

You might like to use matching or coordinating ribbon on stemware, centerpieces and anywhere you would like to communicate something to your guests. Here’s to the happy couple!!!

Win $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. Each post will have a “password”, collect all of the passwords.

The first two people to tweet CHA @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:
1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card
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5 Tips for Exhibiting Success: Turn Product Demos into Sales


Exhibiting at CHA Conference & Trade Shows allows you to showcase your products in person for your customers. But how do you turn those product demonstrations and make-and-take projects into orders on the Show floor? Veteran exhibitors Advantus and iLoveToCreate share some tips for success.

1. Do a project over a demo. “Projects are typically more impactful than a demonstration, because creative people need to feel the product and make a personal connection with it,” says Alyson Dias of iLoveToCreate. The more impactful the experience, the more likely the customer will be to make a purchase. Choosing projects over demos also allows for more face time between the demonstrator and the customer, time that “fosters relationships and builds brand loyalty,” notes Dias.

2. Let the product speak for itself. By nature, craft and hobby customers are visual and/or hands-on learners, so seeing products in action will do more to convince them to buy than a hard sales pitch. “Customers don’t need to be told how wonderful a product is—they want to create and determine that themselves,” says Rana Coggins of Advantus. The more they determine how wonderful your products are first-hand, the more likely they are to buy.

3. Keep it simple. “Keep your projects simple and timed under 10 minutes,” Coggins warns. This allows you to make an impact in a short amount of time where a customer can walk away feeling inspired—and more likely to make a purchase.  “We love seeing the ‘a-ha moment’ when someone creates a project that was quick and simple but looks amazing!”

4. Make it fun. If customers enjoy making a project at your booth, they will be more likely to not only make a purchase but become loyal customers. “Have all the necessary tools and supplies kitted so they can be easily distributed,” suggests Coggins. And make sure the person in charge is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the products, so he or she can be informative while making the experience fun.

5. Let everyone join the fun. It may be tempting to only make your project open to buyers, but remember to include bloggers, designers, and members of the media as well. “Their positive experience with products will translate into inspiration and education via magazines, websites, blogs and social media—which then inspires consumers to purchase at retail,” reminds Dias.

Using projects and demonstrations will help you have even more success at the CHA Conference & Trade Show. Sign up to exhibit at the 2014 MEGA SHOW today!

The Value of Presenting a Workshop or Seminar at a CHA Conference


When you sponsor a workshop or present at a CHA Conference you:

– Directly impact hundreds of companies with your message
– Build credibility within the creative industry
– Increase exposure for your business and services

For more information visit www.craftandhobby.org/CNC or contact Keli Bell-Cole, CMP, kbell-cole@craftandhobby.org

Go on an Exclusive Tour of the CHA 2013 Winter Show Floor in 3 Minutes


Didn’t make it to the CHA 2013 Winter Show in Anaheim, CA this past January? Here’s your chance to go on an exclusive tour of the Show floor in less than 3 minutes!

Save the Dates for upcoming CHA Shows and Events:

  • Creative Conference CANADA
    April 11, 2013 Calgary, Alberta
  • Creative Conference NYC
    May 19–21, 2013 New York, NY
  • Create-N-Connect
    July 22-25, 2013 Las Vegas Nevada
  • CHA Town Hall Meeting in Utah
    March 20, 2013 Sandy, Utah
  • CHA 2014 Conference & Trade Show
    Friday, Jan. 10 – Tuesday, Jan. 14 Anaheim, CA
  • 2014 Create – n – Connect Conference & Trade Show
    Monday, August 4 – Thursday, August 7 St Louis, MO
  • 2015 Create – n – Connect Conference & Trade Show
    Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30 Charlotte, NC

CHA Celebrates Innovation at the 2013 Winter Show


The CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show drew 3336 buyers and 928 networkers, totaling  4264 attendees; of which 790 were international, joining us from 56 countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.

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While the temperature was down, the energy was up. Despite the unusual California weather being as low as some 30 degrees, exhibitors and attendees were all in good spirits yielding positive results. For some, this Show was the most successful it’s been in years.

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“We’ve been exhibiting at the Winter Show for the entire life of our company – seven years that is – and 2013 was our best Show ever! Our booth was busy literally the whole time. We’ve always seen the Show as – primarily – a way to build brand awareness and network with distribution partners. But this year we worked with a lot of independent retailers and wrote a lot of orders. We did more international business than ever before, picking up new distributors and retailers in Australia, South America, Europe, and Far East.” Sara Davies – Sales Director, Crafters Companion

“This year’s CHA Show was the best in years for us. Not only was it a great forum to see many of our current customers in one place, but it also presented an opportunity to meet new buyers from the international community.”  Ryan Newell – President, Spinrite LP.

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“The CHA Conference & Trade Show is the only event on the planet where we can greet hundreds of customers in three days. We cannot imagine choosing not to be there. The 2013 CHA Winter show was our best show ever; the quantity of customers, the quantity of leads and the sales dollars written were all record numbers. The CHA Winter Show was a great start for a new year!” Bobbie Medema – Marketing Director, Notions Marketing

Another key contributing factor to the positive momentum was the launch of the CRE8TIME industry consumer awareness campaign and the new CRE8TIME.org website.  CRE8TIME is a movement funded by the CHA Foundation, designed to encourage creativity by getting participants to pledge 8 hours per month to doing something creative. CRE8TIME.org serves as the hub of the CRE8TIME social movement. It is a community where “CRE8ERS” share their crafts, pledge their hours, get inspired, stay informed and learn how to reclaim 8 hours a month.

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“The positive energy from both exhibitors and attendees is very encouraging and speaks volumes to the vibrancy and momentum building for the industry. We look forward to carrying that excitement forward with all the new programs we are launching in 2013.” Andrej SuskavcevicCAE, President and CEO, Craft & Hobby Association.

Every year CHA gives out awards to select exhibitors for outstanding work in product innovation.  Those receiving awards for their products include: Innovative Product Award – Katy Sue Designs/Flower SoftSilicone Molds (www.katysuedesigns.com); Attendee Choice Award – Spellbinders Paper ArtsImperial Gold (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com); and two Honorable Mention Innovative Product Awards – June TailorT-shirt Transformation Ruler Center (www.junetailor.com) and We R Memory KeepersEnvelope Punch Board (http://www.weronthenet.com).

CHA accepts nominations annually from members throughout the industry with the purpose of identifying individuals and companies making significant contributions to humanity, the industry, and the Association. This year Creative Leisure News’ Mike Hartnett was the recipient of the Meritorious Award of Honor. This is the highest award recognition the Craft & Hobby Association can bestow upon an individual past or present member, and is given for significant contributions made to the Association. The Special Recognition Award went to Mari Eriksson and the staff of Fusion Beads, a retail store in Seattle Washington. This award is presented to a person, group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity showcasing the craft and hobby industry in a positive way.

In 2014 the CHA Winter Conference & Trade Show will return to Anaheim, California January 10-14 to celebrate the 73rd edition of the Show.

6 Keys to Conducting an Effective Pre-Trade Show Staff Meeting


How to Prepare Your Exhibit Team for Peak Performance

By Jefferson Davis, Competitive Edge

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You would be hard pressed to find a single professional sports team that does not gather their team members for a final meeting just before the start of every game. That meeting reinforces all the important information, strategies and game plans that have been prepared over the previous days or weeks. That meeting also puts everybody “in state” and “on purpose”.

In contrast, many exhibitors do not gather their show team together for that all important final meeting before the big show. Or if they do, the meeting is informal and unorganized. This is an oversight that can seriously impact your show performance and results.

Here are six keys to conducting an effective pre-show staff meeting:

1. Hold it the day before the show opens: While you may have several meetings in the weeks leading up to show time, the best time for the final team meeting is the last setup day. A good time slot is 4pm to 6 or 7pm or later depending on if dinner will be served at the meeting.

2. Make participation mandatory: Require all exhibit staff to arrive in the convention city by 2pm at the latest, if at all possible. In your meeting invitation, stress that the meeting is mandatory and that there will be repercussions for not attending. Some of my clients tell their staff they will not be reimbursed for airfare if they miss the pre-show meeting. Of course, this would not be enforced for unforeseen travel delays, illness and so on.

3. Have a key executive kick off the meeting: The presence of a key executive like the President or VP of Marketing and/or Sales will help reinforce the importance of the meeting.

4. Have a clearly defined agenda: The agenda should at minimum cover the following topics: introduction of team members with show roles and duties, key and emergency contact information, overall show goals, schedule of show & hospitality events, booth duty schedule, review of pre and at-show marketing
programs, review of VIP invitation list, discussion of staff in booth roles, review of best exhibiting skills, product messaging and FAQ’s for products, booth layout and walk-through, demonstration overview and walkthrough, literature distribution, promotional product distribution, lead capture process and lead goals, and sales offers and required paperwork.

5. Make it fun: You can make the meeting holding it at a fun venue like a bowling alley, laser tag, whirly ball center, ESPN Zone or place like that. You can also make it fun by having contests and team events during the meeting.

6. Carry it over to the booth: While the pre-show meeting is the kick-off, you should also conduct brief end of shift or end of day meetings to review how the show is going, discuss problems and opportunities, and make mid show adjustments to stay on track. CHA allows exhibitors to remain on the show floor for 1 hour after show close each day to allow time for meetings and booth reset. Remember, an effective pre-show meeting is a critical part of successful exhibit program. Be sure to apply the relevant the ideas in this article so your team with be “in state” and “on purpose” when the doors open on your next big show.

Jefferson Davis, president of Competitive Edge is known as the “Tradeshow Turnaround Artist”. Since 1991, his consulting and training services have helped clients improve their tradeshow performance and results to the tune of over $500M. Mr. Davis is co-creator of the CHA Exhibitor Success & ROI Center (ESRC) program. He can be reached at 704-814-7355 or Jefferson@tradeshowturnaround.com


Looking for additional ideas to achieve higher ROI for your trade show experience?  The 
CHA Exhibitor Success & ROI Center (ESRC) is your free, on-demand, 24/7 resource to help you find answers to your most pressing exhibiting challenges, expand your exhibiting know-how and improve your company’s exhibiting performance.

Badge Registration for the CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show is now open. Click here to register. For information on exhibiting at the CHA Show, please click here.

CHA 2013 Winter Conference Speaker Series (Post 5)


Throughout the months of November and December we have featured the speakers and instructors who will be teaching courses at the 2013 Winter Conference January 11 – 14 in Anaheim, CA.

Business Bootcamp: Advanced Social Media Marketing

By Tony Ford, CHA 2013 Technology Expert; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of ArtFire.com and principle consultant for Bounce Rocket Media

Social media accounts for 90% of the brand impressions for ArtFire.com.  We use it to get more than 50 million impressions per week for our brand and our sellers’ products.  It is the single most powerful tool in our entire marketing and communication plan. Our team members are like scientists in the wild, exploring, testing, probing and looking for ways to make our programs better, and ensure that every effort can tie back into the actual revenue of our business.  In this workshop, I’ll be sharing that research and those methods with you.

I’m guessing you have social media accounts.  You’re posting things about your business.  You’re even getting some followers and friends.  This is the right thing to do.  You know you need to do it, but it’s starting to take a lot of time.  Your boss or your business partner (and even maybe you) are wondering, “What is this supposed to do for the actual money making part of the business? How do we rise above the crowd, above the noise and get our message out where it will result in more sales?”

Basic social media is so easy nearly everyone in America under the age of 60 is doing it, and the advanced level is complicated enough that even the few who do it for a living are actually doing it well.  It’s time to move beyond the consumer level, beyond the casual user level, and into becoming a social media scientist.  In this seminar we’re going to look at the tools and methods used by those who live full time as social media scientists.

You’re likely doing a lot more than just social media, which means you’re too busy to spend all day on this.  How can you maximize your social media impact in less time?  I’ll show you the tricks my team uses.

How can you tie your efforts to the bottom line and prove the impact on your business? You’ll learn how to  customize google analytics and prove that your efforts ring the cash register. You’ll also learn the sites and services to use to put a real dollar amount on the reach you are getting now.

How can you double dip, use software tricks, and create loyal fans and friends who will not just read your posts, but spread your brand far and wide?  Learn the copywriting, headline writing, and consumer psychology tricks to get your message moving and transition from publisher to thought leader.  You’ll learn how to improve your odds at going viral.

How do you make social media more powerful?  You treat it like science.  You study what works and test new ideas.  I’m  going to open up the laboratory and show you the tools.  I’ll explore split testing of social media advertising and message, the best practices for  launching new campaigns and how to use social media to boost your SEO.

Finally, I’ll show you what I read and who I follow online to keep up-to-date on social media marketing and exactly how I follow hundreds of blogs and marketing technique sources in very little time each day.   This is an ever-changing field, but with the right tools you can not only keep up with the changes, you can thrive where others may get overwhelmed.

Unlike a normal seminar, this workshop will be a mix of presentation, Q&A and hands-on work.  Think of this like a group consulting session.  The goal will be for everyone to walk away with real world methods they can use to save time, expand their brand reach, and make more money. I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim.

~ Tony Ford

Tony Ford is the co-founder of ArtFire.com and principle consultant for Bounce Rocket Media, a new media and social marketing consulting firm based in Tucson, Arizona.  Bounce Rocket provides social media marketing and new media marketing services including staff training, account management and education for a wide range of firms with a special focus on creative professionals in the art, music and literature space as well as small business and non-profits.  More information can be found at BounceRocket.com.

CHA Conference Program registration is OPEN!  Click here for more information and to register. Register for a Conference Program by December, 21st and be entered to win TWO admission passes to Disneyland Park.

The Most Overlooked Key to CHA Exhibiting Success


By Jefferson Davis, Competitive Edge

Guess what percentage of marketing professionals with college degrees received exhibit marketing as part of their university curriculum?  2% |  7% |  13% | 24%?

If you guessed 2% you are right. As a nationally recognized tradeshow expert, I am often asked “What is the single most important key to making tradeshows deliver real results for our company?” People expect me to tell them things like “get a better booth location”, “build a bigger, flashier exhibit”, “do a better job promoting your exhibit”, “demonstrate your products better”, “capture better leads” and things like that.

All of these things can help. But, when I tell them the single most important key to making tradeshows deliver meaningful and measurable results is to update and expand their company’s exhibiting knowledge base, they look surprised. They tell me “we know how to exhibit, we’ve been doing it for years.” I then ask them to tell me about the results their exhibit program is delivering, and far too few exhibitors can speak of any specific results. They all seem to know what they are spending, but too few know what they are really getting.

The question of how to make tradeshows deliver results is a very poignant question because many companies’ exhibit programs fail to deliver measurable and meaningful results. I believe strongly that the lack of formal exhibiting knowledge is one of the main reasons.

Consider these shocking exhibiting industry statistics:

  • Only 24% of exhibitors set objectives for tradeshows
  • Less than 20% of exhibitors do any form of targeted pre-show marketing.
  • 84% of booth staffers have never received training on how to work a tradeshow
  • 76% of sales people views tradeshow leads as “cold” calls.
  • 87% of tradeshow leads captured are never effectively followed up on.
  • Only 14% of exhibitors have any organized form of post-show measurement.

These statistics point to a major problem. Marketing departments spend almost 1/3 of their annual marketing budget on tradeshows. Sales department are asked to staff the exhibit, often against their will or desire. Both departments spend significant financial and human capital, and both with very little formal education or training on how to best do so. And it shows in their results.

Tradeshows have changed in complexity over the last several years. The body of knowledge on how to make tradeshows productive and profitable has exploded and yet far too few exhibitors are seeking out the latest thinking and best exhibiting practices. Many companies are operating on an exhibiting model that is 10 years outdated.

So where do you look for the latest and best exhibiting practices? While there are many good resources, CHA is a great place to start. All exhibitors, in the three months leading up to the trade show, will receive a bimonthly e-newsletter with timely, “how-to” articles, exhibiting tips, cost saving advice and deadline reminders. Exhibitors can also access the CHA Exhibitor Update e-newsletter and the Successful Exhibiting Article Series through the Exhibitor Success & ROI Center (ESRC).

Through the Exhibitor Success & ROI Center, CHA is providing free exhibitor webinars, tips & tools for successful exhibiting, research and statics on the value of trade shows, and an “Ask the Tradeshow Expert” email Q&A program. Please make sure you and the key people in your marketing and sales departments read the articles and review the information included in the Exhibitor Success & ROI Center. Most importantly, please use what makes sense for your situation. By doing so, we can assure that exhibiting knowledge will no longer be a gap in your company.

Jefferson Davis, president of Competitive Edge is known as the “Tradeshow Turnaround Artist”. Since 1991, his consulting and training services have helped clients improve their tradeshow performance and results to the tune of over $500M. Mr. Davis is co-creator of the CHA Exhibitor Success & ROI Center (ESRC) program. He can be reached at 704-814-7355 or Jefferson@tradeshowturnaround.com


Looking for additional ideas to achieve higher ROI for your trade show experience?  The 
CHA Exhibitor Success & ROI Center (ESRC) is your free, on-demand, 24/7 resource to help you find answers to your most pressing exhibiting challenges, expand your exhibiting know-how and improve your company’s exhibiting performance.

Badge Registration for the CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show is now open. Click here to register. For information on exhibiting at the CHA Show, please click here.

CHA 2013 Winter Conference Speaker Series (Post 4)


Throughout the months of November and December we will feature the speakers and instructors who will be teaching courses at the 2013 Winter Conference January 11 – 14 in Anaheim, CA.

How to Make the Most of Your Quality Budget

By Paul Milne, Manager, Restricted Substances Testing Services, SGS

There are a great many regulations out there.  Perhaps you’ve noticed.  In the United States in particular the complexity is compounded by regulatory requirements at both the state and the federal level.  Simply keeping track of all the requirements for restricted substances in your products can occupy a fair amount of your time.  To complicate matters, there are different requirements depending upon age of use of the products, with children’s articles naturally coming with more restrictions than those articles intended solely for adult use.  How can you ever test to all those limits?

The simple answer is that you can’t.  There are too many individual regulations to chase after to test exclusively for each one.  However, as you go through things, certain commonalities will crop up.  For example, most jurisdictions are concerned with the levels of lead and cadmium in various products.  This is notable because lead and cadmium make very vivid and bright colors depending upon how they’re combined with other elements.  Those same colors that appeal to artists are also the ones that can be problematic.  Do you need to test?

Not necessarily.  You can stipulate that those dyes and paints that contain lead and cadmium are to be for use by adults only.  To comply with the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA), you will place statements on your product to the effect that these dyes or paints are only for use by adults, wash hands after use, keep out of reach of children, etc.  (To know exactly which warnings are required, you will have a toxicologist review your formulation and give you a Toxic Risk Assessment (TRA).  This will eliminate having to deal with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) which is concerned with lead and cadmium (among other substances) in children’s products.

For the US, that leaves California’s Proposition 65 which is designed to limit the exposure of Californians to chemicals that are toxic, cancer-causing, or cause reproductive harm.  Normally, manufacturers try to eliminate the toxic substances in their products in order to comply with prop 65, but in this case, the toxic substances (lead and cadmium) are a necessary part of the product.  Not to worry.  You place a warning label stating that there are toxic substances in this product and that allows you to sell in California.

So you have managed to comply with US regulations and only gone out of pocket for the TRA.  By knowing what was in your product, you avoided unnecessary testing for things that “might” be there.  By classifying it correctly as an adult-use product you were able to avoid CPSIA regulation, and by understanding Proposition 65 regulation you knew you couldn’t avoid a warning label so there was no point in testing.

This realistic example is one way to stretch that quality budget, and I will be presenting more ways at the CHA Winter Conference as well as being part of the CHA Experts & Resource program.  In the meantime, if you have questions regarding chemical regulations and compliance, please feel free to contact me at pmilne@craftandhobby.org.  I look forward to hearing from the CHA members over the coming months.

~ Paul Milne

Conference Program registration is NOW OPEN!  Click here for more information and to register. Register for a Conference Program by December, 21st and be entered to win TWO admission passes to Disneyland Park.