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The real product safety guide

The real product safety guide

Reducing the risk of product safety alerts and expensive product recalls.


There is no such thing as one hundred percent safety because whatever action or procedure we undertake there will always be a risk. This may be caused by the interaction with a component or something else.

The things we come into contact with in life all have different forms of hazards associated with them. They could be such things electricity, chemicals, radiation, heat, lasers, pressure, cold, water, height, food... the list is endless. We cannot always remove these hazards completely from our surroundings; however, what we can do is reduce the chances of anyone coming to any harm.

This can be achieved by identifying the hazards present within a system or process and taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk. If we take electricity as an example, we know that the power in our home could kill if we were to receive an electric shock, so we are protected by isolation and insulation from the dangers, thus reducing risk.

Written by David Davis, 'The Real Product Safety Guide' explains the methodology used to achieve safety by the use of hazard analysis and risk assessment. The information contained in the guide will provide both large and small companies with a detailed process for ensuring that their products are inherently safe and compliant with the guidelines specified in the British Health and Safety Act 1974, the Australian Health and Safety Act 1991, the United States Military Standard 882 and the Human Factors Engineering Standard 1472.

Everyone in business should ask themselves the question: "Would our current documentation covering our products, processes or procedures stand up to close safety scrutiny with regard to providing documented proof and evidence of hazard analysis and acceptable risk?"
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