Twin boys dresser rescue

Furniture tip-over real life video

Real life example - the need to anchor furniture A new video has gone viral showing twin toddlers in the USA climbing on an unanchored chest of drawers.The footage is extraordinary for several reasons:that it was all captured…

International Product Safety Week 2016

More than 250 delegates from 35 different countries met in Brussels last week to discuss current issues in consumer product safety. The week included a two-day meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organisation.…

Product safety podcast - Interview with Tim Wain

In this product safety podcast Gail Greatorex talks with Tim Wain, who’s had a long association with product safety in the infant and children’s product field. Tim now runs Australia’s Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo.In…
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Mandatory product standards reviews a-go-go

Many of the mandatory product safety standards under the Australian Consumer Law are overdue for updating. This has long been a source of frustration and complaint for many businesses.Well, the wait is over. There’s movement at the…
Children's nightwear

Children’s nightwear standard – ACCC 2016 action

As many people are aware, the current Australian/New Zealand Standard 1249 was published by Standards Australia in 2014. In February 2016 New Zealand adopted AS/NZS 1249:2104 as mandatory (with a 12 month transition period).We have been…
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…
3D printing legal

Legal aspects of 3D printing

I met Angela Daly as a fellow speaker at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Melbourne 2015. She had been exploring some of the non-technical aspects of 3D printing and has now published a new book that examines the topic from a number…
Product testing

Product safety testing webinar

The video below is from an ACCC webinar on the topic of product testing for suppliers in the consumer market.Gail Greatorex, presents the talk on product safety testing in her then role as the ACCC's Director of Strategic Compliance.…
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…