Commercial Practices – Product safety
The Trading Standards Service is responsible for enforcing a wide range of safety legislation relating to consumer goods, which is aimed at reducing the risk of injury or death to consumers and the risk of damage to property.
The consumer goods covered can be new or second-hand and range from toys to domestic electrical appliances, including power tools.
In addition to consumer goods, the service is responsible for the safety of second-hand cars sold by garages and traders in the county borough, which are required by the Road Traffic Act to be in a ‘roadworthy condition’ at the time of sale.
The service investigates complaints by members of the public who believe they may have purchased unsafe goods.
Products are inspected at manufacturing and retail premises in the county borough and a programme of sampling takes place each year. The products sampled are purchased locally and sent to specialist test houses to be tested for compliance with the appropriate legislation or safety standard.
For advice please contact Public Protection.