Standards ComplianceAs a consumer, it is almost impossible to evaluate safety on your own. For example, a bicycle helmet may seem sturdy but you need to understand the physics of an impact to fully model performance in an accident. Safety standards and regulations provide guidelines and tests that can be used to ensure and evaluate the safety of products. These may be specific to a product, such as safety standards for bicycle helmets or may be generally applicable such as product fire safety regulations. Generally speaking, safe products seek a wide range of safety certifications and the firms behind the product are well versed in safety standards.
Diligence & ReputationThe safety reputation of a firm. For example, a firm that scores low on a safety compliance test that immediately recalls and improves products may be more reliable than a firm that simply ignores poor test results. Firms with poor safety diligence may use weasel words to describe safety that have no legal or technical meaning. They may promise that they take safety seriously without referring to anything concrete such as a score on a reputable third party safety test or evaluation. reliability. Aircraft engines are also designed to consider a broad range of hazards such as bird strikes. human error. For example, a safety harness that is designed such that it is almost impossible to put it on incorrectly.
ChildproofingProducts designed to be safe for children such as the avoidance of small, loose parts that represent a choking hazard.
Inherent SafetyThe baseline safety of a product. For example, a spoon is safer than a knife. Inherent safety can be a influenced by design and formulation. For example, non-toxic children's crayons as opposed to a product that contains toxic chemicals.
InformationClear instructions and labeling. Instructions may include multiple languages and useful diagrams to improve their comprehensibility for all users. This is particularly critical for information pertaining to safe usage, installation and hazard warnings. For example, color temperature may be used to highlight warnings. fail safely. For example, elevator brakes that require power to remain in the off position such that an electrical failure causes the brakes to activate.
Ingredient & Material SafetyHazards related to the ingredients of food and materials in products such as health hazards, fire hazards and other hazards such as reactivity.
HygieneManufacturing and operational conditions and practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease. For example, processes that ensure food is free from pathogens.
Safety FeaturesThe performance of products with respect to hazards. This includes avoidance of hazards such as an accident prevention system, safety equipment such as seat belts and resilience to hazards such as the crashworthiness of a vehicle.
Disaster PreparednessProducts and services that consider disaster hazards in their design. For example, an elevator that is linked to an earthquake detection system such that it can often secure itself and provide instructions to passengers before an earthquake arrives.
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The risk of injury or sickness associated with a product or service.