PPPC National Convention 2018



Professional Development Speaker

Lorne Kotzer

Soft Stuff Creations & Creative Covers for Golf

Presented by Lorne Kotzer, Founder & President of Soft Stuff Creations & Creative Covers for Golf


Developed specifically for anyone working with plush toys, this course will help you understand the complexities of toy safety legislation and the most common misconceptions. Illustrated throughout with samples to make a complicated topic fun.

  1. Canadian and U.S. Safety testing are the same.
    Become familiar with testing reports and the similarities and differences between U.S. & Canadian testing. Understand how labs test products and how to read a test report.
  2. Adding 3+ to my product or packaging will eliminate product liability.
    A typical plush toy will appeal to all ages, and accordingly it should be tested for all ages. Incorrectly using the 3+ designation is not the solution. Understand why.
  3. Embroidered eyes on plush toys are required for baby items under 3.
    Understand why embroidered eyes vs plastic eyes is strictly a marketing issue and not a safety concern. Learn how all small parts including traditional plastic eyes can pass “all ages” testing.
  4. Toy safety regulations are well defined and easy to follow.
    With excellent intentions, governments have enacted legislation to cover most areas of toy safety. Some of it is very clear and straight forward and some of it is often confusing.
    This course will help you understand how to ensure a plush toy complies with the applicable legislation and carries the appropriate warnings.
  5. Government bodies test for toy safety
    They do not. Health Canada regulations will be discussed in detail.
  6. Toys with Magnets are no longer allowed.
    Magnets are allowed. However, they are a good example of what not to include in a toy. Understand why plush toys need to be designed and manufactured using experience, common sense and with the foresight to safeguard against any safety concern that is not covered by current regulation.
  7. Hypoallergenic claims
    While it would be nice to make the claim that a toy is “hypoallergenic” understand why this is strictly a marketing issue and not a safety concern.
  8. Warming Toys using microwavable heating bags are safe.
    Understand why warming toys may be therapeutic and perhaps safe but they are typically made with plant seed and thus mostly not allowed.


8 Misconceptions in Toy Safety

This is an essential course for anyone selling plush toys. Toy safety legislation is complex but this makes the topic accessible and fun.
Set yourself apart from your competitors by understanding how product must comply with the applicable legislation.

Course covers:
  • Canadian & U.S. safety testing
  • Product liability
  • Toy safety regulations
  • Testing for toy safety
MAS: 1.15 points

Date: Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Time: 9:30am-10:45am
Location: Toronto Airport Marriott