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European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety$
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Christopher Hodges

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282555.001.0001

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Providing Information

Providing Information

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European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety
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Christopher Hodges

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282555.003.0010

Ensuring that consumers have sufficient and adequate information on the safety of the products that they use, so as to be able to avoid known hazards, has long been recognized as a central function of regulation. This text analyses that which category of people has the best opportunity to prevent particular accidents: designers, makers, distributors, or users. Research demonstrates that instructions and warnings are almost always much less effective as preventive measures than design changes. Market theory argues that information on safe use should be provided to users since the availability of information is otherwise shared asymmetrically. It is, however, the user who has to observe and apply the information given. Communication of information from producer to consumer signifies, in non-legal terms, the transfer of responsibility for risk.

Keywords:   hazards, regulation, designers, makers, distributors, users

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