Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) for Australia and New Zealand | paulspiece.com


This paper and companion presentation were written by Paul W Robinson, Australia, and presented to the IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE) in Orange County, May 2016 …

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Woolworths misled consumers over product safety hazards – Ordered to pay over $3 million in penalties


“Australian consumers must be able to rely on the safety of goods supplied to them by retailers. By failing to recall and remove products from its shelves for some time after it became aware that the products were defective, Woolworths misled Australian consumers and placed their safety at risk. The significant penalties imposed in this case reflect the serious nature of Woolworths’ conduct.” Mr Sims said “In the future, companies generally must do more to detect unsafe products and remove them from their shelves. The Court has ordered Woolworths to implement an upgraded, dedicated product safety compliance program, and its quality assurance processes will be monitored by an external auditor”.

Source: Woolworths misled consumers over product safety hazards – Ordered to pay over $3 million in penalties

Australia: Safety guidance on concentrations of particular chemicals in certain consumer goods


The ACCC has published guidance on safe concentrations of particular chemicals in consumer goods. The guidance prescribes concentrations of chemicals, below which a safety concern does not exist. It includes a list of 22 hazardous aromatic amines which can be derived from certain hazardous azo dyes in clothing, textiles and leather articles. Guidance is also provided for safe concentrations of formaldehyde in clothing and textiles.

via Safety guidance on concentrations of particular chemicals in certain consumer goods.

21st October 2014

California to Issue Driving Licenses to Robots – IEEE Spectrum


California to Issue Driving Licenses to Robots – IEEE Spectrum.

“Google recently reported that its fleet of self-driving cars has traveled a combined 700 000 miles without human assistance. That’s way more experience than you or I had before we got behind the wheel for our road tests. So it stands to reason that autobahn automatons will soon be granted driving privileges. But the licenses California says it plans to issue to robots will be the equivalent of learner’s permits—that is, a digital driver must be under the watchful supervision of a licensed and insured human driver”

Study: More spending on fire suppression may lead to bigger fires


The “firefighting trap” is a term often used by business managers to describe a shortsighted cycle of problem-solving: dealing with “fires,” or problems, as they arise, but failing to address the underlying cause, thereby increasing the chance that the same problem will crop up in the future.

via Study: More spending on fire suppression may lead to bigger fires.

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