Environmental Health

Consumer Protection

Many people are injured each year due to faulty consumer goods.  Consumer Protection involves ensuring all goods on sale to the public are safe for their intended use.

The responsibility to supply safe consumer goods applies all the way down from the manufacturer to the retailer. This means, that products being sold should comply with any relevant legislation or recognised safety standard.

The main pieces of legislation dealing with the safety of consumer goods are:


In addition to the 2 pieces of legislation above, there are over 60 specific regulations and 100s of recognised safety standards covering product safety.  These include:

  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Electrical equipment
  • Furniture
  • Tyres
  • Cosmetics
  • Nightwear
  • Hoodcords
  • Pushchairs
  • Babies dummies

Contact us

If you would like further information on any of the information on this page please contact your local Environmental Health office on T: 0300 124 5000