The Nationals member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty has welcomed a new national product safety guide that will help businesses identify potentially dangerous or banned products.
“The Product Safety Guide for Business was designed to help traders understand Australia‟s national product safety laws and ensure compliance with those laws,” Mr Delahunty said.
The Product Safety Guide for Business will be a very useful tool for traders to have on hand and refer to as needed. The guide has been designed for traders, particularly discount variety stores, “two dollar shops‟, weekend market traders, and retailers of baby goods and toys.
Mr Delahunty said all businesses, including retailers and wholesalers, have a responsibility to ensure the products they sell comply with national product safety laws and to be aware of any changes to the law.
“There are significant penalties for selling banned or non-compliant goods, and Consumer Affairs Victoria regularly conducts surveillance activities to identify traders with non-compliant products on their shelves.”
”The Victorian Government knows businesses value their customers’ safety and businesses should not assume that all imported products have been checked for compliance with Australia’s product safety laws, and this guide will help them operate within the law,” Mr Delahunty said.
The guide has been developed in partnership between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and state and territory consumer protection agencies.
“The guide provides critical information about the sale of banned items and mandatory standards in a range of categories including baby products, clothing, confectionery, furniture, swimming pools, toys and vehicles.”