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Women in product safety

Women in consumer product safety

3-minute read In the past week, while reading about International Women’s Day, I paused to consider the number of women involved in consumer product safety. I decided to write this article to reflect on the key role that women have…
Ear bud safety

How safe are Ear buds?

4 minute read "MAN GETS EAR BUD STUCK IN THROAT WHILE SLEEPING" That seems like a surprising headline - but it’s a logical risk if you stop to think about it. In product safety we always caution parents not to leave any loose…
Gail Greatorex 30 years in product safety

30 years in product safety

October 2017 marks 30 years that I have worked in consumer product safety.  I enjoyed 25 years in government consumer agencies and I now run my own product safety advocacy and consultancy business. Much has changed in that time. My product…

Suppliers – choose packaging with product safety in mind

We’ve all seen courier vans buzzing around our streets delivering goods that have been purchased online. Are the couriers careful with the boxes? Are the goods in sound condition when they arrive? I recently read an article in Melbourne’s…
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…
Button battery products code cover page

Button battery products – new industry code

There has been a lot of publicity about the extreme dangers of button batteries where children have access and swallow them. I think button batteries are the most challenging ever product safety problem. Much work has been done to alert…
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…

Radio interview on 3D printing

Used with the permission of ABC RN Life Matters ABC Radio National - Life Matters: He 3D printed a gun – what happened next? In November 2015 I was on the ABC Radio National program, Life Matters talking about 3D printing and product…
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…