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In the world of safety certifications designated product use plays an important role when determining which safety standards need to be adhered to. Different laws and regulations are required depending on the classification of the product in question. Industrial products are not subject to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) liability laws, as long as the product remains in the industrial realm.

The lines are especially blurred when dealing with electrical products that are used where consumers might be nearby. Products should be designed with consumer safety in mind if there is any possibility of consumer interaction with the product. Product Safety Consulting offers a trademarked process called Design for Safety Approvals (DFSA) which stresses the importance of properly categorizing your product during the design process.

In Compliance magazine explained this phenomenon in detail in their January 2017 issue. Read more here.