Industry and business associations play a key role in product safety through their leadership, advocacy and communication activities. Here are some steps to achieve product safety if you are an industry or business association, as well as help in finding an association if you are a business.
Industry and business associations exist for many different sectors of the consumer product market. They include those that make and sell products as well as those that provide products through a service, such as hospitality and child care facilities. Industry and business associations can benefit their members through effective policies and systems.
These associations have the opportunity to play a very important role in product safety through their leadership, advocacy and communication activities.
Provide product safety advice and training to your members.
Help members improve their understanding of safe design and marketing.
Work with members to improve their ability to manage risks.
Encourage members to plan ahead for recalls—a recall crisis can affect your whole sector.
Address any product safety issues with individual members and work with them to achieve compliance.
You can assist with and take part in discussions between regulators and members, especially when regulators are making important decisions about products and/or services. You can also deal with key product safety players to represent your members’ interests, such as:
safety standards writers
It is important that as many groups as possible work together to achieve product safety for the whole community.
Have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs encourage companies to consider the impact of their activities on the community and society in general. Product safety is part of CSR. As an association, you can:
promote your own CSR program, and
assist your members to understand the principles and benefits of CSR.