10 weeks wasted

How poor product design lets you – and your customers – down

  I recently bought a mobile phone. When I needed to access the SIM card, I couldn’t work out how to remove the back cover. Frustrating. The cover didn’t have any of the usual product design features to indicate how to open…
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…
Infinity cable hazard

Infinity cable - A Shock to the System

A new and dramatic saga is about to unfold in Australian product safety history. In August 2013 the Infinity Cable Company recalled electrical cable which had been widely sold across Australia. But this recall was only the start of the…
Global product safety
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Notes from International Product Safety Week 2014

  Last week was international product safety week. More than 40 countries from around the world were represented at a range of meetings in Brussels, Belgium. Most people came from around Europe, but others had travelled from Canada,…
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Toy age guidelines - lessons from Lego and The Simpsons

Age guidelines on toys - lots of people assume the age listed on a toy is only to indicate how bright a child is
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Product Safety Regulations in Australia

Product safety regulations can feel like a maze. If you’re selling consumer products in Australia you need to make sure you’re complying with the rules.
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Can the government tell me how to make my products? . . . or what to sell?

Some products do need to meet safety standards before they can be sold - your business could be affected
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Beware of gaps in the consumer market

Some products don’t exist because they have safety issues. Product safety regulations might be the reason. Is your business at risk?
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Product Design - Avoiding Unintended Safety Consequences

Who you are designing your products for might lead to unintended safety hazards - think beyond the end user