Product safety & standards


  • Note: This article talks of Australian Product Safety laws and regulations, as they relate to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) so is of general interest. However it doesn’t specifically cover safety of electrical equipment which is mandated under State laws. You can find the Electrical safety regulations information at http://www.erac.gov.au/ for the laws and regulations and regulators which supplement and complement the ACL for electrical safety.

Extract from the news article below:

If you sell products Australian customers, including the sale of products online, you must meet product safety requirements under Australian Consumer Law. If you’re a supplier or manufacturer, you are legally obligated to comply with mandatory Australian safety standards and only market safe products. Mandatory standards are law, and there are penalties and consequences for selling products that do not comply.

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Warning over USB chargers after woman dies from apparent electrocution


Authorities are warning consumers against buying rip-off USB-style chargers after a young woman wearing headphones and holding her laptop was found dead with burns on her ears and chest, in an apparent electrocution.

The woman’s death is under investigation by police, and Fair Trading was unable to release any further details….

she was found with a lap top and headphones in her ears.”[She had] burns on both ears and her chest,”…

the rip-off, cheap chargers were low quality plastic that could melt.

The devices found by Fair Trading had no insulation on (mains) pins or approval marks.

 

Consumers who have already bought unapproved and non-compliant USB-style chargers, used to charge phones and tablets, are advised to bend the pins on the chargers and throw them away immediately.

 

People should also not use any electrical devices while they are plugged in and charging.

via Warning over USB chargers after woman dies from apparent electrocution.

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