Your responsibility for selling unsafe goods, information on manufacturing and importing goods. Your legal responsibility selling safe second-hand goods and goods in rented accommodation and where else to go for advice.
Further practical information about unsafe goods, liability for damage or injury can be found on the business companion website:
Business companion - Unsafe goods - liability (external website)
Manufacturers and importers of consumer goods must take steps to ensure that the goods in question are safe and that they comply with any particular regulations that set down safety standards.
For further detailed guidance:
The Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) website contains information on many aspects of product safety.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (external website)
Online advice for business and self-employed is available from the GOV.UK website.
GOV.UK Business and Self-employed (external website)
Manufacturers and importers may need to refer to British Standards or European Standards. The European Commission website has a useful page to cover European Standards.
European Commission (external website)
The business companion website offers links to a range of simple guides to product safety (scroll down toward the bottom of the page for specific links):
Business companion - Product safety (external website)
Simple guides to product safety can be found about:
The above list does not cover all products that you may need to ensure are safe.
Sellers of second-hand goods have a responsibility to ensure that any second-hand goods they sell are safe. The following pages give you some guidance to cover some types of second-hand goods:
Business companion - Second-hand electrical goods (external website)
Business companion - Second-hand upholstered furniture (external website)
Business companion - Second-hand gas cooking appliances (external website)
Business companion - Second-hand prams and pushchairs (external website)
Business companion - Part-worn tyres (external website)
Most dealers in second-hand goods operating in the East Riding of Yorkshire must be registered under the Humberside Act 1982.
We offer advice about second-hand goods dealer registration.
Further information about the responsibility that landlords and letting agents have for the safety of the goods in the properties they rent out can be found on the business companion website:
Business companion - Goods in rented accommodation (external website)
The following organisations offer advice or information to businesses:
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is a central government department. One of its roles is to help to draft and regulate many of the UK laws, regulations, and guidelines on advertising, package travel and timeshare, pricing and product description that help protect consumers and businesses from unscrupulous practices.
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (external website)
Online advice for business and self-employed is available from the GOV.UK website
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has set the Business Companion website to provide impartial free information to business:
Business Companion (external website)