children's nightwear standard

Revised New Zealand children's nightwear regulations

Australia:NZ disparity on children's nightwear - Compliance ‘chaos’ New Zealand has moved on children’s nightwear regulations – leaving Australia behind. Any business that supplies children’s nightwear in both Australia and New…
Toddler with button battery remotes

Product safety podcast - Button battery interview

Button battery interview Recorded in Brisbane, Queensland on 3 November 2015 following release of the Coroner’s findings on the death of Summer Steer from swallowing a button battery. I have asked 'Are button batteries the most challenging…
Button battery size

Button batteries everywhere

Battery packaging In an indication of how seldom I bake, and how few kilometres I do on my pushbike, I have only recently had to change the batteries for the first time on both the digital kitchen scale I got for Christmas in 2011 and my…
Scales of justice

Product safety game changer?

Woolworths product safety case Last week Woolworths was fined more than $3 million for supplying goods with misleading representations as to their safety and failing to withdraw unsafe products from sale. This is only the second time in…

A well deserved award - Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith

Congratulations to Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith who today has become an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours. The Officer of the Order of Australia is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree…
Joan Ozanne-Smith

Product safety podcast - Interview with Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith

  In this podcast, Gail Greatorex talks with Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Head of the Prevention Research Unit at Monash University's Department of Forensic Medicine. The interview took place at the Victorian Institute of Forensic…
Button battery hazard

Button batteries: the most challenging product safety problem ever?

Attractive to children, easy to swallow Deadly within days, if not hours Found in a staggering array of products Difficult to completely isolate from children Hard to detect if swallowed Symptoms similar to other ailments Severe…
ISO torch

Product safety guidance from ISO

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) publishes standards on a wide range of topics, including consumer product safety. You may be aware, for example, of ISO standard 8124 for children’s toys. But ISO also publishes a range…

Product safety podcast - Interview with Martin Rushton

In this product safety podcast Gail Greatorex talks with Martin Rushton, Principal Advisor for Trading Standards and Product Safety at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Martin has an extensive history of…

Furniture tip-overs - safety strategy

There’s a danger in all family homes and suppliers can easily help fix it. But apart from a few conscientious manufacturers and retailers, not much is being done. An opportunity exists for furniture retailers to make a difference. What’s…