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…
3D printer - product safety

3D printing and product safety: WTFFF podcast!

A lot of these design libraries . . . they talk about how they may curate the designs so they are all printable, but are they safe? Tracy Hazzard A chat about product safety with US design experts and 3D print podcasters I recently had…

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…

A well deserved award – Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith

Congratulations to Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith who today has become an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours. The Officer of the Order of Australia is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree…
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…
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…
ISO torch

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…

Commuter wins on fare evasion

A story of poor design and aggressive enforcement It took one of Australia’s leading human rights barristers, working pro bono, but a Melbourne commuter has had fare evasion charges dropped. The Age recently reported the story of a commuter,…

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…