The Australian Made Campaign has described the recall by NSW Fair Trading of unsafe, non-compliant cable being manufactured in China and sold to local electrical contractors as a life-saving intervention.
Australian Made has urged product safety regulators in other States and Territories to follow suit, to ensure the safety of tradesmen as well as the general public.
A recent instance involved the recall of Integrity electrical cables, which contained substandard protective PVC insulation and sheathing compound; use of these cables could have caused serious electric shocks or fire.
According to Australian Made Chief Executive Ian Harrison, the Australian Made Campaign welcomes the action by NSW Fair Trading initiated by the Australian Cablemakers Association because it is critical that imported products comply with local safety regulations, just as Australian-made products must do.
Mr Harrison said that the action by NSW Fair Trading also reinforces the importance of educating shoppers about the difference in quality, health and safety manufacturing standards around the world, so they can make informed decisions.
He explains Australia has some of the highest quality health and safety standards in the world, which is why consumers, businesses and the government need to become more conscientious about buying local.
Genuine Australian Made products can be identified by the Australian Made logo. The iconic green-and-gold Australian Made logo is Australia’s only registered certification trademark. As a symbol readily associated with the high standards of production and manufacturing in Australia, it provides assurance of the quality of a product and also guarantees the product’s country-of-origin.