Product safety begins with design or formulation whether it is for a complex engineering product or a simple household article. Those who suffer damage from a design defect can win compensation without having to prove negligence. Manufacturers, suppliers and importers can all be responsible for ensuring that their products are safe. To help protect them against prosecution, customer dissatisfaction and commercial loss requires a programme of risk reduction, which begins with the management of design. Design and product development require a balanced approach to the new realities of the legal situation, both for companies and individual designers. Part One reviews the strategy needed to manage design in the fresh legal climate and includes guidance on techniques that can be used. Part Two is a jargon-free guide through the difficult area of international product liability law. It has been entirely rewritten to reflect the many recent changes to influence European law and a designer's personal liability. Part Three brings home vividly the physical, legal and commercial risks of product defects and demonstrates ways in which they could be prevented. There are over 20 real life, fascinating and instructive case histories, many of them new, ranging from exploding office chairs to ro-ro ferries and from washing powder to aircraft. Safer by Design is exceptional in providing management and risk assessment advice, coupled with legal guidance and actual practical lessons.

part One|1 pages

The Management of Design Risks

part Two|1 pages

The Legal Background

chapter 8|26 pages

Legal Developments in Europe

chapter 9|26 pages

Product Liability in the United Kingdom

chapter 10|18 pages

Liabilities outside the UK

chapter 11|18 pages

Designers’ Personal Liabilities

part Three|1 pages

Case Histories

chapter |7 pages

The Lessons from History

chapter Case History 1|6 pages

The Cooker Hood That Went to Appeal

chapter Case History 2|7 pages

Candy: The Fatal Washer/ Drier

chapter Case History 3|4 pages

The Deep-fat Frier with Design Problems

chapter Case History 4|3 pages

The Power Tool with a Design Defect

chapter Case History 5|6 pages

The £57 Million ‘Mistake’ in Persil Power

chapter Case History 6|3 pages

Safe in Bed?

chapter Case History 7|4 pages

Safe on the Road?

chapter Case History 8|6 pages

Responsibility for Design of Bought-in Components

chapter Case History 9|7 pages

The Austin Allegro and the Rear Hub Bearing

chapter Case History 10|5 pages

The Brent Cross Crane Failure

chapter Case History 11|5 pages

Raychem: Reducing the Fire Risk in Electric Cabling

chapter Case History 12|3 pages

The Foreseeability of Risk and the Duty of Care

chapter Case History 13|4 pages

The Pentium Design Flaw

chapter Case History 14|5 pages

Exploding Office Chairs

chapter Case History 15|4 pages

The Flixborough Chemical Plant Disaster

chapter Case History 16|4 pages

The Tay Bridge Disaster

chapter Case History 17|7 pages

Product Safety in the Space Programme

chapter Case History 18|4 pages

The DC-10 Cargo Door

chapter Case History 19|7 pages

The Supertanker’s Design Weakness

chapter Case History 20|4 pages

The Ro-ro Ferries and Design

chapter Case History 21|2 pages

Miss Jay Jay: accident or design?

chapter Case History 22|2 pages

Almost Safer by Design