Ensuring the safety of products is crucial not only for consumer protection but also for the safety of employees in workplaces. In today’s market, from the design phase of a product to its delivery to the consumer, it is necessary to comply with a series of safety standards. The EU’s General Product Safety Directive (2023/988) establishes these standards, mandating that all products undergo specific safety tests and risk assessments before being introduced to the market.
Product safety means ensuring that products can be used safely for their intended purposes without posing any risk to users. This requires a series of precautions to be taken during the product’s design, manufacturing, testing, and marketing stages. Products should be designed and manufactured to minimize potential hazards. Moreover, clear information about safe usage should be provided to consumers. This comprehensive approach ensures that the products available in the market are safe for all users, contributing to the overall wellbeing and safety of the public and employees alike.
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS):
Occupational Health and Safety refers to the totality of measures that need to be taken in workplaces to ensure employees work in a safe environment. Under this framework, it is the employer’s responsibility to implement all necessary actions to protect employees’ health and safety. OHS practices should encompass not only physical health and safety measures but also the psychological well-being of employees.
Risk Assessment and Training: The first step in workplaces should be to identify and assess potential risks. This assessment should be extensive, covering every area of the workplace. The risk assessment process is a fundamental step in preventing occupational accidents and diseases. Employers should determine and implement measures for the risks identified during this process. Employees must be regularly informed and trained about job-related risks and the measures taken. Training programs should include topics such as safety procedures, emergency procedures, and the correct use of personal protective equipment.
Physical and Psychological Health: OHS should consider not only physical health risks but also the psychological health of employees. Issues such as work stress, burnout, and psychological harassment in the workplace should be integral parts of health and safety policies. Employers should take necessary measures to support employees’ psychological well-being and provide a support system.
Work Environment and Ergonomics: The physical conditions of the workplace directly impact employees’ health and safety. Ergonomic workstations, adequate lighting, clean and organized work areas are fundamental components of workplace health and safety. Employers should continuously review and improve the work environment to ensure it meets health and safety standards.
Consumer protection is directly linked to product safety. Safe products prevent harm to consumers and increase consumer satisfaction. Regulations to ensure the safety of products include informing and educating consumers. Consumers should be informed about the safe use of products, potential hazards, and risks associated with them. Furthermore, the processes for reporting and recalling dangerous products play a critical role in consumer protection.
In conclusion, product safety, occupational health and safety, and consumer protection are intertwined and support each other. Effective management of these three areas not only protects the health and safety of individuals but also contributes to the sustainability of businesses. Ensuring product safety is a fundamental aspect of consumer protection, as it directly impacts the well-being of consumers. By providing safe products and proper information, businesses can prevent potential hazards, thereby fostering a safer marketplace and enhancing consumer trust and loyalty.
Services Offered by USB Certification:
USB Certification provides comprehensive inspection, supervision, and product certification services to organizations across various sectors, adhering to the ISO/IEC 17020 standard. The range of services includes:
- Hygiene and Sanitation Inspection: Inspecting hygiene and sanitation standards at places where food products are prepared and served.
- Electrical Installation Safety: Safety inspections of electrical installations, including grounding, lightning protection, residual/current leakage measurement, electrical panel control, and thermographic inspection.
- Lifting and Conveyance Machinery: Safety inspections of lifting and conveyance equipment such as cranes, platforms, and forklifts.
- Pressure Vessels: Safety inspections of pressure vessels like industrial autoclaves, compressed air tanks, and boilers.
- Non-Destructive Testing and Industrial Machinery Control: Safety inspections of construction and industrial machinery and equipment.
- Industrial Shelving and Door Control: Safety inspections of industrial shelving systems and doors used in storage areas.
- Surveillance Services: Reliable surveillance services in commercial transactions, including pre-loading surveillance, loading and unloading supervision, weight and quantity determination, and quality control.
Easy Check Inspection Program: USB Certification’s Easy Check program, with its flexible and robust software infrastructure, facilitates the auditing processes by developing customized inspection models for organizations. The program offers online access and instant reporting features, providing a transparent and efficient audit experience for clients. Successful audits result in certificates and Easy Check stickers for businesses, supporting their market reliability and brand value enhancement.
USB Certification, with its industry experience and broad range of services, helps businesses comply with legal regulations and safety standards, contributing to their reliable position in the market.