Product Safety - What It means For Consumers

excerpt from 'Product Safety in Australia' - http://www.productsafety.gov.au

Consumers have a right to expect that products they buy will not expose them to intolerable risk of illness or injury.

Businesses must use quality control measures to ensure that products they supply meet acceptable levels of safety and will not cause harm when used as reasonably foreseeable, including reasonably foreseeable misuse.

Suppliers also have to ensure products meet requirements of relevant mandatory standards and bans.

Consumer product safety regulators monitor the safety of existing and new products on the market. When they find evidence that a consumer product has or could cause serious illness, injury or death they conduct investigations. Depending on the outcome of the investigations, they may issue a mandatory standard or ban designed to reduce risks for consumers.

Most consumer products are safe when used appropriately. That is why relatively few of the many products on the market in Australia are covered by safety regulations.

As a consumer, you can ensure your own safety by:

- only buying products that comply with bans and mandatory standards
- keeping in touch with product recalls through the Recalls Australia website and following instructions for dealing with any recalled products you have
- always following product instructions for assembly and use
- reporting accidents or near misses to us so they can detect any trends with particular products.

The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) has published the Australian Product Safety System on their website to give consumers, businesses and other interested parties a single entry point to information that helps to minimise risks associated with unsafe products.

The system generally relies on consumers, suppliers and government agencies working together to ensure new and existing products work safely.

How can consumers find out what products are regulated?

Visit the Product Safety Australia Website and click on 'product categories' to find useful links to safety information about various regulated and unregulated products. Here you'll find a list of related products, safety issues and publications. (For example under 'clothing and accesories' you can read about 'AZO' Dyes, care labelling for clothing and textiles, etc)

How can consumers find out about mandatory standards for products, bans and product recalls?

Standards, Bans and Recalls are methods for ensuring the safety of products in the Australian marketplace. You can also checkout current consultations published by the ACCC

Beach Abode Living - Product Safety

Consumers of our products can rest assured that we constantly engage independent inspections and testing of our products during and after manufacture to ensure not only that high quality of the product is maintained but also that they comply with Australian Mandatory Standards as outlined in the Product Safety System.

This requires diligence in keeping informed of ACCC recommendations, news and alerts and acting accordingly.

 

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References:

Product Safety Australia:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970225

For Businesses:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970798

For Consumers:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970796

Report an unsafe product:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/ReportAnUnsafeProduct

Check recent recalls:
http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952401

 

 

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