As part of our role to help businesses comply and to protect consumers, Hampshire Trading Standards samples a large number of products every year. These included toys, electrical appliances, clothing, and babies dummies.
Samples are sourced from locally based manufacturers, importers and retail outlets or sometimes following complaints received. Targeted project work takes place this is concentrated on areas of particular concern, cheap electrical goods for example.
The products are thoroughly tested for compliance often with European standards at Hampshire Scientific Service or at other specialised accredited laboratories.
Staff carry out follow-up investigations into any failures. This often results in improvements being made to products (labelling and associated literature), the withdrawal of unsafe products, full product recalls and in some cases legal action.