Electric kettle safety

Is your electric kettle safe? A lesson for all product suppliers

We all want to feel assured our kettles will hold themselves together when we're making a nice cup of tea. A handle coming away from a kettle full of scalding hot water is an obvious hazard - scald injuries can be very serious. There…
IoT product safety

Product safety in the Internet of Things

The 'Internet of Things'. Yes, it's a strange term. 'Internet' - yes. 'Things' - yes. But together? The 'Internet of Things' is the term that's being used for all the interconnected devices appearing on the market.  An increasing number…
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 recall costs

Product recall costs revealed

Patties' frozen berry case in the courts This case provides a good insight into the costs associated with product recalls. In 2015, Australian leading frozen food supplier, Patties was forced to recall Nanna’s and Creative…

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…
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Podcast interview - David Schwebel

In this podcast Gail Greatorex talks with David Schwebel, Professor of Psychology, and Associate Dean for Research in the Sciences at University of Alabama, Birmingham. David talks about a series of tragic toddler deaths and how his research…
Furniture tip-over guide

Workshop: Furniture tip-over prevention best practice

Momentum is building for furniture suppliers to play their part in helping prevent tip-over injuries. Government agencies are pressing for action; Customers are demanding safer, compliant products; Insurers are considering their options.…

Product safety podcast - Interview with Jeremy Opperer

Welcome to this Maze podcast. I’m Gail Greatorex of Product Safety Solutions and this is an interview I did with Dr Jeremy Opperer from Exponent in the UK while we were attending International Product Safety Week in Brussels last November. Jeremy…
Children's nightwear Australia

Revised children's nightwear standard for Australia

At last, an updated standard Effective 20 April 2017 a revised mandatory standard for children' s nightwear is in place. It allows a transition period up to the end of 2019. The revised mandatory standard is based on Australian/New…
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…