Online Marketplaces are an International Product Safety Challenge
We were pleased to receive this comment recently from the Environmental Audit Committee.
This was in relation to the Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy inquiry. Our submissions clearly highlighted the issue of Safety and from this communication we have received.
They continue to inform us “that technology companies, repair organisations and the UK Government should collaborate to ensure safety is ensured during the repair of electronics. This could be through creating professional standards, that will in turn drive more consumer trust.”
EEESafe is a Standard and one that has been defined for some years now. It’s professional in the sense that Manufacturers asked to release technical information under the ECO-Design Directive, cite that “professional” means qualifications.
It is for Independent Repairers and Refurbishers, those who want to enter the White Goods and Small Appliance Repairs sector and cannot afford expensive Apprenticeships. Apart from teaching the fundamentals of large appliances and offering free safety alerts, it is designed to divert used items from the Corporate Infrastructure, who remove local repair opportunities via collection of your old appliances when you purchase a new item.
The governments’ response to this is “We are committed to ensuring that consumer safety considerations are taken on board as we try to go further in policy to support greater durability, repairability and recyclability of electrical products. Policy development will give due consideration to the interplay between consumer safety, intellectual property law and ecodesign.”
The full EAC Report can be found HERE.
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You will see examples of the items you give back to the delivery company of your replacement appliances, evidencing that they are being taken back to factories elsewhere, creating jobs in the community of that factory. Worse still, they are being sold back to us online, with almost all of them having a finance opportunity available. The price of refurbished items, are a target for the corporate sector, when they should be diverted locally first, to create jobs where you live. This service is part of the EEESafe & LocalitEEE Model, therefore we can fight back for jobs where we live if you engage your communities with us.
``290 Jobs for every 10,000 Tonne of Waste Prevention diverted to Repair, Reuse & Refurbishment``
By Supporting EEESafe and using our own Appliance Safety Register, you’ll see how we can create these jobs and take back our communities to be what we want them to be. The Social Value of our model is about you and the environment where you live. Being safer from Electrical Fires, Helping each other, Creating Local Funds, Rewarding Businesses and Volunteers and so much more.
Playing with Electricity is dangerous and perhaps you would like to know if you buy something from someone, or use a repairer who isn’t able to externally verify their knowledge on Electrical Repair, will your product be EEESafe? That’s where we can help all consumers who engage with our work.
Help us to support the Welsh Government’s objective to have 30% of their workforce working from HOME. Remember, the lowest financial and environmental cost of Repair, is to have it done where you Live. We can put these skills on your housing estates, by operating to our Electrical Repair Safety Standard.
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