OPSS support new standard for battery safety

first_imgOPSS support new standard for battery safety In recent months OPSS has been working with consumers and businesses to raise awareness of the potential hazards posed to children by button batteries. This important work began following a report into undetected button battery ingestion in children by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) who recommended that:OPSS develops a strategy to improve button/coin cell battery safety by producing a fast-track standard covering/considering battery design, product casing, packaging and safe retailing practices.OPSS highlights to the general public the dangers of button/coin cell batteries.On 30 April 2021, the UK National Standards Body (BSI), sponsored by OPSS published the first standard to address the safety issues posed by button (non-lithium) and coin (lithium) batteries. The new Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standard, PAS 7055:2021, Button and coin batteries – Safety requirements – Specification, is aligned with The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR), which requires that new and used consumer products placed on the market are safe.Download the PAS 7055:2021, Button and coin batteries – Safety requirements – Specification for free.Graham Russell, Chief Executive of the Office for Product Safety and Standards said:As product design and technology evolves, batteries are now available in a wide range of consumer products. PAS 7055 is an important step for OPSS to help protect consumers and help businesses adopt a consistent approach to product design with button batteries.The standard has been developed by a steering group of consumers and experts from battery, retail and safety industries. The steering group consisted of:British and Irish Portable Battery Association (BIPBA)British Retail Consortium (BRC)BSI Consumer and Public Interest NetworkChild Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)Davies Development and Testing LtdElectrical Safety First (ESF)National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)UL LLCOffice for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)The PAS specifies safety requirements for button and coin batteries up to 32 mm in diameter to mitigate the risk of ingestion. It also defines the safety requirements for manufacturers and producers of button and coin batteries, including the consumer products that use them, and the retailers and distributors of these products. The requirements cover labelling, instructions and packaging, alignment of safety and health warnings, merchandising, safe disposal and product safety of typical consumer products using button and coin batteries. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:accident, British, children, Download, Government, healthcare, investigation, prevention, public interest, Retail, royal society, Russell, Society, technology, testing, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices move down

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Average retail gasoline prices in Burlington have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.28/g as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 100 gas outlets in Burlington. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com(link is external). Vermont prices stood at $2.28 average today(link is external), a few tenths lower than last week and 4 cents lower than a month ago, and lower in the southern part of the state, but 33 cents higher than a year ago at this time.Including the change in gas prices in Burlington during the past week, prices yesterday were 32.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 36.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on March 13 in Burlington have ranged widely over the last five years:$1.96/g in 2016, $2.56/g in 2015, $3.61/g in 2014, $3.80/g in 2013 and $3.79/g in 2012.Areas near Burlington and their current gas price climate:Vermont- $2.27/g, down 0.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.28/g.Albany- $2.29/g, down 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $2.30/g.New Hampshire- $2.18/g, flat  from last week’s $2.18/g.”A sudden plunge in the price of oil is likely to weigh on gas prices, at least temporarily,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. “With little warning or expectation, crude oil last week broke out of the rut it had well established, with crude prices falling out of a 3-month range of $51-$54 per barrel to $49. Fundamentals of oil have weakened, and with last week’s large 8.2 million barrel rise in crude oil inventories, the market has turned decidedly bearish for now. Naturally, when oil prices take a beating such as they did last week, one might expect gasoline prices to move in lockstep, but due the complex relationship of oil and gasoline prices and the middleman- U.S. refineries- motorists may not see as large a decline at the pump as they may hope for- but certainly stay tuned. I remain optimistic that the annual spring rally at the pump could be less severe than expected, but remain cautious as it remains difficult to know where the new path will lead oil prices in the week ahead,” DeHaan said.About GasBuddyGasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 60 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on gasoline. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 60 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on all mobile platforms. For more information, visit www.gasbuddy.com(link is external).Source: Burlington, VT, March 13- vermontgasprices.com(link is external).last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Sign Energy MOU

first_imgBarbados and Trinidad and Tobago to sign Energy MOUOPM, Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley departed for Barbados this morning where he will participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The agreement, which will be signed tomorrow (Saturday 24 August, 2019), is related to cooperation…August 23, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM and UN meeting on crisis in VenezuelaA Delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis is meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General  His Excellency Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. Prime Minister Harris is accompanied at the meeting by  Dr. Hon Keith Rowley,…January 28, 2019In “Barbados”Energy, agriculture, security high on agenda of Guyana, T&T high-level meeting(Guyana Chronicle) TRINIDAD and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will be accompanied by five of his ministers when he arrives in Guyana this week for bilateral talks with President David Granger. The high-level team from the twin-island republic is scheduled to arrive in Guyana on Wednesday for a two-day…September 17, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Sep 28, 2020 The MOU establishes a general framework for both parties to undertake cooperative initiatives, in the areas of energy, energy security and energy exploration, development and production in relation to hydrocarbon resources that extend across their maritime boundary.In describing the push for cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries Dr Rowley said, “It is all good for Barbados and it is all good for Trinidad and Tobago.”He noted that once gas is found in the Barbados acreage and that gas finds its way to the market through the plants in Trinidad and Tobago, it would create a larger resource base for Trinidad and Tobago while allowing Barbados access to a market to sell whatever is found in their acreage.Energy company BHP has made gas discoveries in the North Eastern areas of Trinidad and Tobago’s maritime assets, drilling successful wells that are close to the Barbadian border. The company is also working in Barbados’ waters close to the border.(See highlights of the:  Signing Ceremony)The Prime Minister said the agreement lays the groundwork for the two countries to act as one in encouraging investment in their offshore deep waters. In the coming months it is expected that both countries will sign a unitization and a general framework treaty which will enable the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon resources.During a bilateral meeting before the signing both Prime Ministers earmarked other areas for cooperation including the fishing industry.Dr Rowley noted that this issue remains of particular interest to the people of Tobago who are closest to Barbados. He said there is a need to find a way forward that is beneficial to all stakeholders while attracting investors from both countries who could penetrate both the local and international markets.Both countries are also advancing discussions with respect to sharing diplomatic missions specifically in Africa and Asia. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… Oct 1, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 OPM, Trinidad and Tobago:  Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries today (Saturday 24 August, 2019) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley (left) welcomes Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to Bridgetown for Saturday’s signing The Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and the Hon. Wilfred Abrahams, Minister of Energy and Water Resources for Barbados signed on behalf of their countries.last_img read more