It has been announced that the government is creating a new office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers.
After several fires, including Grenfell Tower, linked to faulty appliances the Commons Business Committee said there was a strong case for a national product safety authority.
Home Office Fire statistics show that in 2015/16 51% of fires were caused by faulty appliances and leads, and misuse of equipment or appliances. While it is impossible to prevent all faults and fires, due to components being stressed as they heat and cool rapidly, as well as end-users not keeping them clean and dust free; there is a best practice approach that should be taken to minimise the risk.
If a product has a fault, it is not necessary for it to stay working, but the standards require that it must remain safe. The EN 60335 series of standards for electrical household equipment is used to evaluate and prove conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of the European Low Voltage directive for these products. It should be noted that electrical safety product standards in general cover the same or similar basic requirements.
Sam Waters, Consumer Products Technician at TÜV SÜD Product Service says ‘It’s great to see this initiative being put into place. We are huge supporters and already work closely alongside Electrical Safety First and Trading Standards when it comes to consumer products.’
As a global organisation and locally in the UK, TÜV SÜD supports surveillance entities with the aim of protecting consumers and quality manufacturers.
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