Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ask the Office for Product Safety and Standards to (a) undertake an urgent review of and (b) support Electrical Safety First campaign to improve the regulation of electrical goods sales.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Manufacturers and importers have a legal obligation to place only safe electrical products on the market and distributors have obligations to ensure the electrical products they sell are safe.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is working in partnership with several strategic stakeholders, including Electrical Safety First, undertaking a number of projects on the safety of electrical goods. This includes work aimed at preventing counterfeit and non-compliant goods entering the UK market.

I have written to major online platforms to ask them to do more to ensure that unsafe products are identified and removed from their sites.

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