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Injuries suffered by infants in prams and strollers have included wounds to their head or face, crushing injuries and amputations. Carers and children outside of the pram or stroller have also suffered crushing injuries and lacerations to hands. In some cases, fingers have been amputated, read more in the ACCC Prams and strollers: Safety alert which includes…

Read More Prams and strollers – draft standard open for public comment

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Smart devices or Internet of Things (IoTs) have a significant role in our daily lives at home.  A new report has raised the importance of increasing consumer awareness of privacy and consumer protection issues associated with IoTs since there is very limited legal protection for consumers who use these devices. The report Enhancing consumer awareness of…

Read More Thinking of buying a smart device for your home?

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With many of us experiencing more time in our homes than usual, we need to maintain, or establish, behaviours and routines that promote health and wellbeing. Women’s Health Week 6-10 September 2021 reminds us to set time aside to evaluate our current lifestyle and participate in this nation-wide campaign of events and online activities – all centred…

Read More Women’s Health Week – prioritising women’s health

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When we make a complaint about products, services, staff, or the handling of a complaint we expect an effective response or resolution.  An effective complaints handling system provides benefits to the public and the organisation and is fundamental to the provision of a quality service. Standards Australia has revised the standard on complaints handling and encourages views…

Read More Complaints handling standard open for public comment

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Stationery training equipment incudes exercise bicycles, training benches, treadmills, rowing machines, steppers, and other equipment for use in training areas of organisations such as sports associations, hotels, sports halls, educational establishments, studios, gyms, fitness centres etc where access and control are regulated by the owner. The nine parts of the new standards are open for…

Read More Stationary training equipment standards open for public comment

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Australia ranks 11/180 in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2020 (-8 since 2012) and safeguarding against loss or having any connection to corruption is a key responsibility of all organisations. Managing the fraud and corruption risk to business is a governance issue and the recently published Australian standard is intended to apply to all organisations operating…

Read More Fraud and corruption control in your organisation

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With inefficient halogen lamps proposed to be phased out in Australia from late 2022, consumers will soon be looking for more certainty around performance claims for LED lamps.  Lighting accounts  for around 10% of electricity usage in households, and 18–40% of in commercial premises. The recently published Australian/NZ standard provides suppliers with a clear guidance on how to…

Read More More efficient lighting for consumers

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The Standards Australia NEXTgen 2021-22 Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes developing important standards of benefit to the Australian community.  The goal of the program is to support the future of standards development through investing in the next generation of…

Read More Get involved in the development of Australian standards with NEXTgen 2021-22 programs

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The Morrison Government is supporting businesses to innovate, grow and minimise compliance costs while maintaining stringent safety standards for consumer products and related services. The Government in consultation with Consumer Ministers will look to develop amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and associated legislation which would allow the adoption of trusted overseas product safety…

Read More Adopting Trusted Overseas Product Safety Standards