All kinds of helpful resources . . . 

On this page you will find a range of useful product safety links and documents, plus some on product design

Websites

Government
Organisations
Research
Community

Additional Resources

Documents

Websites

Curated

Product Safety Solutions YouTube channel: A range of video clips on product safety and product design https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxFpVh0yOcck9DFmSVtbsPg

3D printing and consumer product safety: articles, blogs and links from around the internet. This page is curated by Product Safety Solutions on ScoopIt. http://www.scoop.it/t/3d-printing-and-consumer-product-safety

Government

Product Safety Australia

The ACCC’s ‘go-to’ website for everyone who buys and uses consumer products and for businesses that make, import and sell them. The ACCC developed and administers the Product Safety Australia website on behalf of all Australian consumer product safety regulators, including State consumer affairs and fair trading agencies http://www.productsafety.gov.au

Product Recalls

Information about Australian product safety recalls http://www.recalls.gov.au

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD) – Consumer Policy Committee

OECD work on consumer product safety aims to improve co-operation between governments in areas of mutual interest, including product recalls and traceability.
http://www.oecd.org/internet/consumer/consumer-product-safety.htm

The OECD hosts the global recalls portal http://globalrecalls.oecd.org

Organisations

Standards Australia

Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government Standards organisation – meeting Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally aligned Standards and related services. http://www.standards.org.au

SAI Global

SAI Global publishes Australian Standards and provides organisations around the world with information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement. http://www.saiglobal.com

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The International Organization for Standardization develops and publishes International Standards http://www.iso.org

ISO has a committee on consumer policy which is active on product safety. ISO COPOLCO’s webpage contains a number of helpful resources and links. http://www.iso.org/iso/copolco

National Association of Testing Authorities

NATA provides assessment, accreditation and training services to laboratories and technical facilities throughout Australia and internationally. http://www.nata.com.au

The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)

ICPHSO is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, and membership-based organisation providing forums for the exchange of ideas and information on consumer product safety. ICPHSO’s inclusive approach to product safety draws participation from government agencies, manufacturers, industry and trade associations, professional services firms, academia, standards developers, consumer advocates, retailers, testing organisations, and interested individuals http://www.icphso.org

National Product Liability Association

The National Product Liability Association provides a voice for manufacturers, retailers, the insurance industry and those who advise them regarding product liability risk http://www.npla.com.au

Research

SafetyLit

An international go-to site providing current and archived materials published about injury prevention and safety promotion. These include agriculture, anthropology, architecture, economics, education, engineering specialties, ergonomics and human factors, health and medicine, law and law enforcement, psychology, social work, sociology, and other fields. http://www.safetylit.org On Safety Lit there’s an A-Z listing of current and archived journals http://www.safetylit.org/week/journals.php You can subscribe to weekly updates on selected topics http://www.safetylit.org/rss-feeds.php

Monash Injury Research Institute

MIRI is one of Australia’s largest and most respected safety research centres. It provides injury data, research and consultancy on home, sport and leisure safety http://www.monash.edu.au/miri

Research Centre for Injury Studies

RCISis part of the Flinders University in Adelaide. The Centre undertakes research, surveillance, analysis, consultation, and teaching, and disseminates information on injury control and related matters to public health and other practitioners, academics, government and the community http://www.nisu.flinders.edu.au

Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit

QISU collects injury data across the state of Queensland, conducts research and produces reports on injury issues http://www.qisu.org.au/

Injury Risk Management Research Centre (IRMRC)

The NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre is an independent, cross-faculty research centre of the University of New South Wales. The IRMRC has split up into two different research centres. One group conducts research into road and transport safety, called Transport and Road Safety (TARS) http://www.tars.unsw.edu.au The second group conducts research on fall-related injury in older persons and is the Falls and Injury Group located at Neurosciences Research Australia (NeuRA), University of New South Wales. http://www.neura.edu.au/research/themes/close-group http://www.irmrc.unsw.edu.au/

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland

CARRS-Q is one of the leading centres in Australia dedicated to research, education and outreach activities I road safety and injury prevention. http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au

National Coronial Information System

NCIS is an internet based data storage and retrieval system for Australian and New Zealand coronial cases. It provides analysis and interpretation to inform death and injury prevention activities http://www.ncis.org.au/

NanoSafe Australia

The NanoSafe Australia network is a group of Australian toxicologists and risk assessors, who address issues concerning the occupational and environmental health and safety of nanomaterials The network supports government, industry and non-government organisations in their efforts to understand the health and safety issues surrounding nanotechnology products and their manufacturing processes, and to provide quality data for the appropriate risk assessments of nanomaterials http://www.rmit.edu.au/nanosafe

Product Liability Prevention, USA

This website was established and is maintained by Kenneth Ross, one of the world’s leading practitioners in product liability prevention. Ken has more than 30 years experience in product safety and liability, and regulatory compliance – providing advice around the world. This website links to his bank of articles and other resources. http://www.productliabilityprevention.com/whatisplp.html

Product Safety Solutions LLC (not related), USA

Product Safety Solutions LLC (USA) provides services in chemical safety for chemical production, distribution, formulation and processing industries and industrial users of chemical substances. Its president, Daniel Levine, has over 40 years experience across all aspects of chemical product safety. http://productsafetysolutions.com

Community

Choice

CHOICE empowers consumers to get the most out of all their purchasing decisions by providing a mix of advocacy and advice http://www.choice.com.au

Kidsafe

Kidsafe is the leading non-government, not-for-profit charitable
organisation, dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries http://www.kidsafe.com.au

Australian Safe Communities Foundation (ASCF)

The ASCF advocates safety promotion at a national level and to complement the activities of established injury prevention and community safety organisations http://www.safecommunities.net.au

Farmsafe Australia

Farmsafe provides information and resources on product safety around farms.  Includes child safety, quad bikes, machinery, tanks and more http://www.farmsafe.org.au

KIDS Foundation

The KIDS Foundation is a not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to reducing the incidence of childhood injury and death by promoting prevention education. http://kidsfoundation.org.au

Documents

Consumer Product Safety – A Guide for Businesses and Legal Practitionerspublished by the Australian Government

Children’s Apparel and Accessories Product Safety Guidelines – published by the Australian National Retail Association 

Furniture and television tip-over prevention: Best practice guide – published by Australian National Retail Association

Age Determination Guidelines: Relating Children’s Ages to Toy Characteristics and Play Behaviour – published by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

Questions and answers about the US standardisation system – published by the American National Standards Institute and European Standards Organisations

Questions and answers about the European standardisation system – published by the American National Standards Institute and European Standards Organisations

ISO product safety standards and guides – A series of publications available from the International Standards Organisation, including some free ones. Read about these in our article in The Maze blog.

 

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