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Standards for Power Tools

Power tools are used in both commercial and home settings and present risks of serious injury if not used correctly.  Electrical safety standards help to ensure that the tools are manufactured safely but it is important to use care when operating this equipment.  Note that there are there are additional standards to those listed below that apply to flexible supply cords and plugs associated with these products.

Standards for Outdoor Lighting

Standards for outdoor lighting cover  electrical safety, installation and electromagnetic compatibility standards for general purpose lights (fluorescent, incandescent and discharge), decorative lights (fluorescent, incandescent and discharge), led lights (light emitting diodes), floodlights and security lights, solar lights, handlamps (torches), underwater lights (swimming pools, spas, fountains and garden ponds) and garden lights. Specific standards also apply to cords, plugs, sockets, outlet devices and appliance connectors.

The problem with foreseeable use

The New Australian consumer law defines foreseeable use as follows:

Includes using consumer goods for their primary, normal or intended purpose, using the goods for an unintended purpose, or misusing the goods.

StanCert training

StanCert and the NRA recently partnered to facilitate two product safety training courses.  These were carried out in Sydney on the 22nd and 23rd of February and were highly successful with course participants providing us with positive feedback.

Textiles compliance and safety

RAPEX statistics have presented startling evidence that clothing, textiles and fashion items have the highest chance of undergoing recall at 30% (1 January – 30 June 2010).

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