Originally posted by: CBR
It irks me also that there are so many standards and regulations to pay for. I don't have unlimited resources, I just want to earn some money so that I can put food on my table. I'm confident that it'll be safe and tested etc and would be prepared to take it on the chin should one of them be faulty, which is what I'd have to do regardless of how many safety tests, standards and directives I had applied and paid for, as I'm sure that none of them are get out of jail cards.
The trouble is, "taking it on the chin" can cost you millions if there's an accident, particularly
if you can not show that you have taken reasonable precautions. If you look at H&S prosecutions they are not just because someone made a mistake, but also because they did nothing to try and stop that mistake happening in the first place. That's where if you can show you have complied with standards that you have at least done the best you can. If you have complied with the standards (and any other 'good practice'), and something still goes wrong, you may get a rap on the knuckles but that's it (as long as you stop it happening again).
Incidentally, have you looked at product liability insurance?
You definitely need to look at this from the other side - if you bought a bit of equipment, and it went wrong and (god forbid) killed a member of your family, and the supplier could show no evidence that they had tried to keep it safe, what would you do? I think most of us would want to a) sue the backside off them and b) see them in jail. It only needs to happen once.
On the bright side, as you say, none of this is actually that difficult to deal with. Regarding WEEE I would suggest talking to your local Business Link who may well have free advice (or contacts with free advice) on how to handle this. In fact, you should be talkign to them anyway for general financial and legal advice. There are a lot of people out there employed to help small businesses start up.
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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