The ‘Safety in Mind – the non-standard approach’ seminar, held at St Brides Foundation, Fleet St, London, covered the importance of adopting ‘right first time’ approach for ensuring products are safe, the need for products to meet safety standards long before they reach consumers, how to design safe products where there isn’t a standard to rely on, as well as insights into the government review of the UK’s system for the recall of unsafe products.
Intertek experts and Electrical Safety First presented to manufacturers, retailers, product testing houses, regulators and lawyers at the London product supply chain industry networking event.
‘While the UK’s safety record is generally good, recent media headlines have highlighted the dangers of unsafe electrical products to both consumers and businesses’, explains Martyn Allen, head of electrotechnical at Electrical Safety First.
‘And it needs to be noted that almost half of all domestic fires arise through electricity, with the majority caused by electrical products. We are keenly aware that many businesses need support in fulfilling their legal obligations in relation to product safety. So we are now offering a range of consultancy services, from risk assessment to product safety training, as we believe the best way to protect consumers is by working with the industry.’