Recessed luminaires (downlights) – new standard improves consumer safety

CFA representative David Gray is on the Standards Australia Technical Committee EL-041 Lamps and related equipment which reviewed data obtained from incidents that occurred during the Federal Government’s Home Insulation Program, and data supplied by electrical safety regulators and industry participants in relation to thermal insulation placed over recessed luminaires.  The committee identified that updating [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Nanotechnology vocabulary standard published

Nanotechnology materials have already found their way into consumer products and impact on many technology and industry sectors. This standard is intended to facilitate communications between organizations and individuals in industry and those who interact with them by providing terms and definitions related to core terms in the field of nanotechnologies.

By | July 4th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Dangers of button batteries

Every week in Australia about 20 children present at hospitals after swallowing a button battery. Two children have died: in 2013 and 2015. When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns or death. The statistic has prompted an alliance between consumer group Choice, The Parenthood and Kidsafe Queensland, [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Consumers contribute to new Environmental label standard

Doing one's bit for the environment has become a reflex for many consumers, who are attentive to the environmental impact of the products they buy. Environmental statements, symbols or graphics proliferate on products or package labels, which made it necessary to develop environmental labelling standards that take into consideration all the relevant aspects of the life-cycle of a product.

By | May 10th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Consumers want clear comparative pricing when choosing between products

A new international standard on Unit Pricing aims to deliver just this! Ian Jarratt is a member of the Queensland Consumers Association, which lead the campaign that resulted in large Australian supermarkets being required to provide the unit price (price per unit of measure) on shelf labels etc. He is Consumers International's expert on ISO [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Consumers benefit from revised Home Thermal Insulation standard

Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. In many homes insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter and saving up to 40 per cent in heating and cooling bills as outlined by the Dept. of Industry and Science Your energy savings.

By | March 15th, 2016|Everyday Consumer, Standards|1 Comment