The Changing Face of UK Safety Legislation
This paper examines some of the changes that are currently under review in Europe and which will shortly enter into United Kingdom (UK) legislation. Whilst all European member states will be similarly changing their legislation, this paper focuses on the UK perspective. The General Product Safety Directive demonstrates how consumer safety legislation is changing and the Low Voltage Directive, applied to many products in our field is undergoing radical change. Both are soon to incorporate many of the concepts that were once only found within the domain of safety critical systems management. By using input from the technical committees the reasoning behind many of the new clauses is probed.
KeywordsPrecautionary Principle Enforcement Action European Telecommunication Standard Institute Sectoral Directive European Member State
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References to legislation
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