Examples of Product Safety in the Real World
As a consumer, you might not be aware of all the research, features, and guidelines that go into the products you use every day. Product safety is specifically designed to keep you, the consumer, safe when using a product. Retailers and producers of consumer goods are responsible for ensuring safety for their products and preventing harm or accident from befalling their customers as a result of their products.
Today we will be talking about some of the most common product safety precautions to take when dealing with consumer-driven products.
Safety Standards and Regulations
As a regular person, you probably won't be able to evaluate safety on your own. Instead, you rely on these companies to do product research and create safety standards and regulations on your behalf. When a company is creating, designing, or manufacturing a product, they seek a wide range of safety certifications in order to create products that are safe to use for consumers. Often, these standards will depend on the individual product. For example, car seats for children require their own standards for safety and testing, whereas food items will have different standards specific to them.
Preventing Human Error
A lot of products are designed and manufactured to stop or prevent human error. A good example of this would be a safety belt that is created so that it's impossible to put it on wrong.
When we talk about human error, it's important to remember that an extra layer of protection must often be added for children, who can easily come to harm through seemingly innocuous products. Childproofing will have two important aspects:
- Creating, designing and manufacturing products that are safe for children or do not contain loose or small parts that can create a choking hazard.
- If a product does have loose or small parts, a warning should be placed on said product.
Most products that deal with hazards, such as electricity, will include safety features so that injury or death can be prevented. The product should also contain warnings on the label. A good example of this would be outdoor versus indoor lights. Outdoor lights have a heavy duty wire coating and a seal on the bulb socket to prevent disasters that might result from exposure to the elements.
This type of product safety deals with a product or item that will continue to work even when an error happens. An example of this is a vehicle that is overheated. The car will display a warning sign and might restrict the speed so that the driver can get to a safer spot and get out of the vehicle.
These days most all products will have clear instructions, warnings, and labeling. The product might also have several different languages on the labeling so that anyone who uses it, no matter their language, will be able to comprehend the instructions and warnings on the product packaging.
While most products contain these guidelines and labels, there are some products that do not. Even worse, there are recalls every single day for products that were manufactured and had defects that are injuring people.
If you want to know more about product safety or you've been injured by a product that had a defect, contact Welmaker today.