What is a safe product?

Age restricted products

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UK legislation prohibits the sale, supply, offer to supply, or hire of specified products to persons under the minimum legal age. There are age restrictions (under the age of 18) applicable to tobacco products, offensive weapons (knives and similar), crossbows, adult fireworks, solvents, airguns, lighter refills containing butane, and alcohol. There are age restrictions (under the age of 16) applicable to low hazard, low noise fireworks (party poppers and similar products), lottery tickets, aerosol paint, and liqueur confectionery. The age restriction for Christmas crackers is 12. There are different age restrictions on videos, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs (collectively referred to here as 'video recordings' - 12 and over, 15 and over, and 18 and over) and video games (12 and over, 16 and over, and 18 and over).  

Legislation also provides requirements for certain warnings and notices to be displayed when selling particular products.

Traders should always ask young people to produce proof of their age, such as the national Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) card, a photocard driving licence or a passport. Any refusals of restricted products to underage children should be logged on a refusal sales sheet or in a refusal book.

Other products that carry or are accompanied by a minimum age indication (based on requirement for complaince with a standard or ont eh manufacturer's own risk assessment) should not be sold to a child under that age. For example, uninflated balloons should not be sold to unaccompanied  children under eight because they pose a choking risk when young chidlren try to inflate them.

Imprters of clothing should be aware that UK standards restrict the use of cords (and some other features) on garment sizes  intended for children under a certain age, and that Trading Standards Authorities frequently make test purchases of these items to check compiance.

 

 

RECORD UK PRODUCT SAFETY RECALLS IN 2012

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 Summary An extensive analysis of records of recalls in the UK of unsafe consumer products (excluding food, medicines and vehicles) reveals that for several years the actual frequency of such announcements has been considerably greater than indicated by any single published monitor.  However from cross-checking multiple sources it is clear that the total number exceeded 200 in 2012. From the analysis it is probable that this figure was also exceeded in 2007 - which now clearly emerges as a record year for recalls in the UK (as it was already known to have been in many other countries) - although there may never be agreement on the total number of recalls in that year.
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New analysis reveals scale of recalls in UK has previously been under-represented.

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Lack of searchable archive means many traders at risk of legal action

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SummaryAn extensive analysis of records of recalls in the UK of unsafe consumer products (excluding food, medicines and vehicles) reveals that for several years the actual frequency of such announcements has been considerably greater than indicated by any single published monitor. This was particularly so for 2007, which now clearly emerges as the record year for recalls in the UK (as it was already known to have been in many other countries). Although there may never be agreement on the total number, it is now reasonable to assume that over 200 product ranges were withdrawn for posing potential  safety risks in that year.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 March 2012 19:16 ) Read more...
 

UK product safety requirements

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Most product safety regulations and standards in force in the UK now are common requirements across the European Union member states. However, there are still some exceptions where the UK retains its own regulations or has published a voluntary standard prior to the development of a European one.

One issue on which UK requirements are particularly demanding is the flammability testing of upholstery in furniture (and some child care products) but suppliers of children’s' clothing with hood cords on are also more likely to be prosecuted under a longstanding UK Regulation than the General Product Safety Regulations.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2009 16:08 )
 

Assessment of risk

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The overall risk of a product (or any one aspect of it) may be assessed qualitatively or quantitatively, but either way there are usually multiple factors to take into consideration. Combining these requires subjective judgements. In any situation where a risk assessment is needed to inform real legal, political or commercial decisions the type of assessment to be used will be severely limited by:

  • - what data is available,
  • - defects in that data,
  • - the practical options open to the decision makers 

and how severe - or negligible - the magnitude of  risk would need to be in order to make any difference to the choice (that would otherwise be made) between practical options.

 

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2009 16:02 )
 
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