New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls T

he Government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has

teamed up with BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, to launch the first Government-backed Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall in the UK. The Code of Practice includes details on how a business can monitor the safety of products and plan for a recall, and how Market Surveillance Authorities such as local authority Trading Standards can support businesses in their monitoring of incidents and their implementation of corrective action. The Code of Practice, developed by BSI, is the first major initiative for the new Office which was launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January. It follows a recommendation by the Working Group on Products Recalls and Safety to introduce such a Code to further strengthen the UK’s already tough product safety regime. This was created with the assistance of leading retailers, consumer interest groups

and industry bodies, including; Tesco, Samsung Electronics, British Retail Consortium, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers.

Effective system Consumer Minister Andrew Griffiths said: “This new Code of Practice will support businesses in dealing with product safety issues swiftly and effectively, ensuring people can continue to buy secure in the knowledge there is an effective system in place if products need to be repaired or replaced. “Effective regulation is a key element of

our Industrial Strategy, which is creating the conditions for businesses to succeed in the UK and to compete in the global economy.” Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI said: “The Code of Practice was created to ensure that corrective action by manufacturers is taken in a safe and systematic way. The launch of this guidance

CEO Tarn to accelerate LEDVANCE transformation


he Supervisory Board of LEDVANCE GmbH

(LEDVANCE) has appointed Jacob C Tarn, PhD, a well- known LED Lighting industry veteran, as the new Chairman of the Management Board and new CEO of LEDVANCE. Taking up the role on February 1, 2018, Dr Tarn will focus on accelerating the company’s transformation from a traditional lamps manufacturer to an industry leading, innovation-driven full LED lighting company. Dr Tarn will manage the company out of its global headquarters in Garching, Germany. With activities in more than 120

Jacob C Tarn

countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world's leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. Having emerged from the general lighting business of OSRAM GmbH, LEDVANCE’s product offering includes advanced LED lamps, standardised LED luminaires, intelligent, networked Smart Home and Building solutions, as well as traditional light sources.

10 | electrical wholesaler April 2018 Dr Tarn brings more than 30

years’ international experience in the global LED lighting market to his new role as CEO. Most recently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the LED business unit at Samsung Electronics in South Korea, Dr Tarn was pivotal in turning around Samsung’s

LED business. Said Dr Tam: “LEDVANCE has all it takes to become a key player in the global LED lighting market and has already successfully expanded into growth areas such as LED luminaires, smart home solutions and LED lamps. I look forward to working with the entire LEDVANCE team to continue on this path at an accelerated pace, turn LEDVANCE into an innovative full LED lighting company and thereby consequently seize the opportunities that lie in front of us.” Rüdiger Tibbe, who served as interim

CEO, will continue to be responsible for the operational execution of the company transformation as Chief Transformation Officer at LEDVANCE.

is an important step in ensuring even higher levels of product safety in the future.” The Code of Practice comes in two parts. The first part is focused on non-food consumer products and is intended for use by manufacturers, importers and distributors. It provides details on: ●how a business can plan for a recall, including establishing mechanisms to deal with any product safety issue identified;

●managing a possible safety related product recall or other corrective action;

●establishing mechanisms to monitor the safety of products;

●investigating any potential product safety issue; and

●reviewing corrective action programmes to ensure that product safety responsibilities continue to be met. The second part is aimed at regulators, specifically Market Surveillance Authorities including local authority Trading Standards.

ESP appoints key account manager


s a result of continued growth

and investment in its infrastructure, security products supplier, ESP, has appointed Scott O’Connor as Key Account Manager. He has spent 25 years in the industry, in positions including Area Sales Manager and National Sales Manager. O’Connor will be working closely with the Sales Director and using his knowledge and relationships to further develop ESP’s market presence and assist the business in achieving its ambitious growth plans. O’Connor said: “I hope to build on the business

Scott O’Connor

relationships and market knowledge I already have in place. My focus will be on identifying new opportunities to widen our customer base to help the business deliver on its long-term plans for growth.” Neil Baldwin, Sales Director, added: “We are very

lucky to be welcoming Scott to the team. His industry knowledge and experience is invaluable and means he has been able to hit the ground running. He will play an integral part in driving our business forward and I look forward to working with him to realise our ambitions.”

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