Product safety podcast – Interview with Jeremy Opperer

Welcome to this Maze podcast. I’m Gail Greatorex of Product Safety Solutions and this is an interview I did with Dr Jeremy Opperer from Exponent in the UK while we were attending International Product Safety Week in Brussels last November. Jeremy…
Children's nightwear Australia

Revised children’s nightwear standard for Australia

At last, an updated standard Effective 20 April 2017 a revised mandatory standard for children' s nightwear is in place. It allows a transition period up to the end of 2019. The revised mandatory standard is based on Australian/New…
Furniture tip-over prevention

New guide to prevent toppling furniture and TV injuries

Best practice guide for Australian suppliers Toppling furniture and televisions can cause serious injuries and deaths. Australian suppliers now have a new resource to help prevent furniture and TV tip-overs. A new guide for businesses making…
AS ISO product safety standards

New Australian ISO product safety standards

SAI Global has just published two key Australian ISO product safety standards: AS ISO 10377 Consumer product safety – Guidelines for suppliers; and AS ISO 10393 Consumer product recall – Guidelines for suppliers. Guidance for all suppliers AS…
Illegal to sell recalled products

Is a recaller breaching the law if they continue to supply their product?

Last week I wrote about the current Australian Consumer Law (ACL) not prohibiting products being sold once they are subject to a recall. I did this with other suppliers in mind – retailers, distributors, etc It was only when discussing…
Product safety recall

Should it be illegal to sell products that are listed recalls?

It is not currently illegal in Australia to knowingly sell unsafe goods. I wrote about this last year in my blog article An Australian General Safety Provision and argued justification for adding a general safety provision to the Australian…
Twin boys dresser rescue

Furniture tip-over real life video

Real life example - the need to anchor furniture A new video has gone viral showing twin toddlers in the USA climbing on an unanchored chest of drawers. The footage is extraordinary for several reasons: that it was all captured…

International Product Safety Week 2016

More than 250 delegates from 35 different countries met in Brussels last week to discuss current issues in consumer product safety. The week included a two-day meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organisation.…

Product safety podcast – Interview with Tim Wain

In this product safety podcast Gail Greatorex talks with Tim Wain, who’s had a long association with product safety in the infant and children’s product field. Tim now runs Australia’s Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo. In…
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Mandatory product standards reviews a-go-go

Many of the mandatory product safety standards under the Australian Consumer Law are overdue for updating. This has long been a source of frustration and complaint for many businesses. Well, the wait is over. There’s movement at the…