Let Me Google that for You

Let me Goog;e That



I’ve been tempted on several occasions to rely on my colleagues to answer my questions, rather than simply search for the answer myself by using an online resource such as Google. When I lean on a colleague to find the answers for me, many times they respond with "LMGTFY." What does that mean? “Let Me Google That For You.” Responding that way may seem snarky, but sometimes it is necessary to simply tell the person he would be best served by looking up the answer himself. 

For example, when we Google “product safety,” we get over 18 million results. The search results Google returns include the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, as one might expect. We will also find www.saferproducts.gov, the website used for reporting and researching unsafe products. One of the primary areas of focus for the Quality Certification Alliance is ethical conduct in manufacturing. If we Google “ethical conduct,” we get about 800 million results. The term “child labor” returns 16 million results while “environmental stewardship” returns 500,000. The deluge of information is nothing if not overwhelming.

While one of QCA goals is to provide the promotional product industries only non-profit independent accreditation protocol for suppliers, QCA is always looking for relevant comparable industry benchmarks. That's why I found the American Chemical Council's (ACC) Responsible Care Product Safety Code of particular interest.

The ACC makes it its business to recognize the importance of using modern chemicals responsibly. The main reason why the ACC and its members developed the Responsible Care Product Safety Code is to drive continuous improvement in chemical product safety as part of the industry’s signature environmental, health, safety and security management system. With the number of chemicals used over the years to soften plastics in our industry, parallel ideas to learn from jump out at you.

The Product Safety Code includes a set of eleven management practices through which chemical manufacturers can evaluate, demonstrate, and continuously improve their product safety performance, while also making information about chemical products available to the public.

Specifically, the Product Safety Code Management Practices verify that chemical companies:

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