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3D printer warning
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3D printing product safety laws

  The advent of desktop and other smaller scale 3D printers has seen a growing global market. The market, which consists of 3D printers, 3D printing materials, 3D printing services and 3D printing software, reached US$4.98 billion…
General safety provision

An Australian general safety provision?

The Australian Consumer Law contains no express prohibition from selling unsafe products, including from knowingly doing so. I believe it is important to examine the need for a general safety provision to remedy this situation. A general…
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…
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…
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…
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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…

A new initiative in children's safety

Why would you need a guide to making clothing safe? Sometimes it’s hard to envisage what can cause children’s injuries. It’s not until you experience it with your own children or hear of an incident that you realise there might…

Changes to the Children's nightwear standard - Advice for suppliers

Everyone agrees the children’s nightwear standard was in need of an overhaul. A new version of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced flammability the standard was published…
Opportunity to influence consumer product safety
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How consumers can have a say in product safety policy

     He had tattoos on his neck and arms. The words LOVE and HATE were tattooed on his fingers, next to skull rings. His clothes were leather, adorned with silver studs. Heavy boots completed the outfit. I was mindful that this man…