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Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods

By Michael Reid - 24 May 2016 5

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A range of electrical products, including many household items, will be the subject of a safety audit by Access Canberra inspectors in retail shops.

The audit is being carried out to ensure that products being sold meet Australian safety standards.

Justice and consumer affairs minister Shane Rattenbury, announcing the audit on Tuesday with workplace safety and industrial relations minister Mick Gentleman, said inspectors will be looking for non-compliant electrical products in ACT retail stores, including electric blankets, hair dryers, toasters, microwave ovens and power tools.

Non-compliant products will be removed from sale, he said.

“The Australian Consumer Law requires goods sold in Australia to be of acceptable quality and safe for consumers.

“This compliance program is one aspect of the work Access Canberra undertake to ensure products sold in the ACT are safe for consumers.

“Most household electrical products require an electrical safety approval mark and some small electrical goods may also use other approved marks such as the trade name.

“Electrical safety approval marks indicate to retailers and consumers that the electrical product has been tested and approved for sale. Overseas certificates of approval, and approval marks such as the CE mark are not acceptable in Australia.”

Gentleman said the audit would have a strong education focus, with inspectors showing retailers what to look for to ensure electrical products are legally approved.

“I would encourage all retailers of electrical products to familiarise themselves with the legally acceptable safety approval markings contained in the Guide to selling safe electrical goods in the ACT,” he said.

The guide is available at www.act.gov.au/accessCBR .

In the ACT, the maximum penalty for selling, importing, hiring or exchanging electrical goods that require safety approval marks and Australian Certificate approval is $30,000 or $150,000 for corporations.

 

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Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods
dungfungus 9:54 am 26 May 16

Spiral said :

Good that they’re doing this, although I once found a faulty and not certified electrical tester being sold by a small electronics store chain in Canberra, reported this to them and they didn’t even follow it up. Reported it the business head office as well, and months later when I popped in to check it was still being sold.

There are lots of dangerous office machines in every government agency in Canberra.
Some specify 15AMP power in the manufacturer’s compliance declaration but the supplier has refitted them with 10AMP power cords and changed the electric current labels on the machines.
ACT inspectors are aware of this but claims the DPP lacks resources to take action against the multi national company who supplies the machines.
Easier to target the electric jugs and toasters apparently.

wildturkeycanoe 8:31 am 26 May 16

Spiral said :

Good that they’re doing this, although I once found a faulty and not certified electrical tester being sold by a small electronics store chain in Canberra, reported this to them and they didn’t even follow it up. Reported it the business head office as well, and months later when I popped in to check it was still being sold.

If the tester is a multimeter type, it probably isn’t illegal unless it has a class 3 type stamp on it but hasn’t actually been tested for compliance to this standard. Not all testers have to comply because they may be designed for lower voltages only.
As for other electrical products, it will be interesting to see how much out there isn’t Aust Standards approved and how they got through customs checks to be available for commercial sale.

Mordd 11:08 pm 25 May 16

Good that they’re doing this, although I once found a faulty and not certified electrical tester being sold by a small electronics store chain in Canberra, reported this to them and they didn’t even follow it up. Reported it the business head office as well, and months later when I popped in to check it was still being sold.

BenjaminRose1991 9:18 pm 25 May 16

I’d go for the sources of cheap electrical goods.

Stores like Hot Dollar and The Reject Shop. I’d check out Kmart too and those pop-up table stalls found in major shopping centres.

tonetune 4:41 pm 25 May 16

Good article Mick & proactive on the part of Access Canberra.

One wonders why Lifts & Elevators are not treated the same way in the ACT.
Lift are regarded as “appliances” within the ACT jurisdiction yet very few, if any, have been electrically tested or inspected by Access Canberra or Worksafe staff over the last few years.
The same approach, with respect to appliances, is welcome for the many companies who install lifts within Canberra – for the safety of all users.

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