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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…
3D printer safety action

3D Printing – Call for action on product safety

Consumer level 3D printers are now available and increasingly affordable. Officeworks for instance sells The Cube printer for under $700 in Australia. Prices overseas are even cheaper and generally on a downward trend. This means that…
Gene Rider, Rider Technologies

Product safety podcast – Interview with Gene Rider

In this first podcast, Gail Greatorex of Product Safety Solutions talks to long-time product safety practitioner and champion Mr Gene Rider of Rider Technologies, USA. This is a valuable resource for anyone trying to understand how product…
Product safety checklist

How do I make sure my products are safe?

Product Safety - A Managers Checklist Whether you’re designing, manufacturing, importing or selling consumer products, you have to grapple with the question – How do I make sure my products are safe? Some of the grappling is with the finer…

A faulty 3D printed gun – who’s responsible?

3D printing safety issues exposed on TV’s The Good Wife A man downloads the design for a plastic pistol from the internet. He then uses his 3D printer to make a gun from the design specifications. When he takes it to the indoor shooting…
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3D printing and product safety

What will 3D printing of consumer goods mean for product safety? Imagine these possibilities - Manufacture your own plastic toys from yours or someone else’s designs – for your kids to play with, or to create your own little retail…

The Dangers of Lever Shower Taps . . .

 . . . and how to overcome them - Choosing a mixer tap for a shower stall Ever been enjoying a nice hot shower and the water suddenly goes super-hot, or icy cold, or stops flowing completely? Your first thought is whether your annoying…
Infinity cable - possible electrocution

Infinity Cable – Future Shock!

Imagine you’ve built a new home or done renovations for your family over the past two years. You endured all the disruption, the drama, the mess and the financial stress. Now you’re enjoying your new space in the knowledge that’s all…