Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman Honored with Painter Memorial Award by ASTM International

Kaufman Recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Protecting Consumers of All Ages

al-kaufman-toy-associationSeptember 28, 2020 | Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association and ASTM board member, has been honored with the Robert J. Painter Memorial Award from the ASTM International consumer products committee (F15).

The committee honored Kaufman for his outstanding service and dedication in developing and promoting the use of voluntary consensus standards aimed at protecting children and consumers of all ages.

An ASTM International member since 2009, Kaufman is on the committees for consumer products (F15), sustainability (E60), and declarable substances in materials (F40), offering his technical expertise and helping lead efforts aimed at identifying and addressing potential emerging safety issues. He has served on the ASTM International board of directors since 2018 and has more than 40 years of experience addressing product safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and product testing in the global toy and children’s products industries.

As senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association, Kaufman leads the organization’s work in toy safety standards development, the environment, supply chain, and factory processes. Before joining The Toy Association, he served as vice president of global product safety and regulatory affairs for Toys“R”Us.

In addition to ASTM International, Kaufman is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals and a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

"Al exemplifies The Toy Association's commitment to providing essential guidance to our members through his deep technical and scientific expertise combined with his longstanding personal passion for advancing the safety of toy and play products for children around the globe," said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. "We congratulate Al on this richly-deserved honor and thank him for the countless lives he has helped make better."