Just a few days ago WHICH asked the question, “Would you know if your White Goods were dangerous?“. As a consumer advice organisation of great repute, we’re pleased to see this point being highlighted, however there are concerns here which seem to have gone unnoticed by WHICH and we’d like to assist.
They are advocating consumers use the Manufacturers own Appliance Register to be notified of Safety Issues. We’d like to point out that the Manufacturers are now policing their own safety when it comes to any type of risk. This in the view of EEESafe is a clear conflict of interest, one that is also shared by some prominent politicians. History shows us that fires and fatalities have been caused by the Manufacturers inaction and we strongly encourage the EEESafe way, as a Sustainable, Community and local economy way to register your Appliances.
The UK Government whom we have met, are aware of this conflict and are due to report shortly on a recent review and consultation in regards to the Product Recall System. EEESafe were consulted on this as well as other stakeholders. However we were able to inform the Government that they have previously agreed with us that we are safer than the minimum required by UK law. They also agreed with us that the skills of an Electrician are not directly transferable to the White Goods Repair Sector.
They have also been informed of our Competent Persons Scheme of Certified Domestic Appliance Technicians. (DAT) and Domestic Appliance Refurbishers (DAR) who commit to our standards and reporting requirements.
Working with our Register, not only are people safer, but we ensure you can easily dispose of your old appliance to Registered DAT’s and DAR’s, for repair or recycling as well as offer or sell it locally to someone who cannot afford a new one.
We are the only organisation who can and do intercept Recalled Items that are put up for donation or sale in the Used Appliance Sector. This is a problem UK Government are trying to overcome and to which we’ve offered our assistance.
You can download your own copy of our Safety Register Leaflet by Clicking HERE.
We’re ensuring more Reuse and Repair happens where you live, and not just in Electrical Appliances as you’ll see next year when our new Smart Register launches. This will open up new opportunities for those in the Upcycling, Waste Prevention and all Repair jobs at a local level. engaging everyone in a Circular Economy.
If you are in the Trade, you can become an EEESafe Domestic Appliance Technician. (DAT). To inquire, please fill in our Contact Form. We can set you on a Training Course, or Register you as an existing repairer as an EEESafe DAT and put you ahead of the game, ready to receive more local work where you live.