Certified versus Compliant Safety Eyewear

COMPLIANT - Product Compliance is either a state of being in accordance with established guidelines or specifications; in the legal system, Product compliance usually refers to behavior in accordance with a Standard. Product Compliance in a regulatory context is a prevalent business concern, because of an ever-increasing number of regulations and a fairly widespread lack of understanding about what is required for an employer or a manufacturer/distributor to be in compliance with the Standards.

Products can comply or ‘willing’ to comply and state in their marketing materials and packaging that they do comply. These products are not on a standards mark schedule and do not require ongoing testing. It is the responsibility of the employer and manufacturer/distributor liability insurances to prove that the product was compliant at the time of an accident. If one of the component of the product is proved defective or that the defective component cannot be traced back to a manufacturer overseas, the employer or manufacturer/distributor in Australia may have to prove independently that the product was compliant; in the contrary the insurance may reject the liability or the accidental employee may pursuit the employer or the manufacturer/distributor in an Australian Court.

Where the product is compliant, an employer must rely on the ethics of the manufacturer/distributor that the product being sold is identical to the product that was trialed, and that the product was in fact provided the way the trial report reads. The trial report by itself also does not afford its bona fide interpretation in terms of the tolerances that a certification listing would provide.

As compliance has increasingly become a concern of corporate management, corporations are turning to Certification

CERTIFIED   - products are certified to comply with the standard and carry the Standards Five ticks with licence number. They must be registered on a standards mark schedule and undergo ongoing testing. To qualify to safety procedures Industrial and Mining organizations request that the manufacturer/distributor prove independently that the product comply to the standard, this mean in a case of an accident the employer is certain that a worker will not take the employer to court for negligence through ’work safe’ legislation by supplying a defective product.

Product certification or product qualification is the process of verifying that a certain product has passed performance tests and quality assurance tests or qualification requirements stipulated in contracts, regulations, or specifications. Product certification is often called for in sensitive product areas where a failure could have serious consequences.

Products are certified at the beginning of production where all components are traceable. In addition, continuing compliance with a quality management system such as ISO 9000 is required. Certified products are endorsed with a quality mark. Product certification is provided by an authority that accredits the performance or constituents of products, systems, or components. Accreditors routinely audit those whom they have accredited in order to determine if the performance or actions of the manufacturer/distributor have changed and do not meet the original accreditation level.

For the manufacturer/distributor is a peace of mind!

Our Vision of the Product Certification Process

A credible and concise product certification process that results in:

·         Timely and efficient product type design and production approvals

·         Clearly defined and understood roles, responsibilities, and accountability of all stakeholders

·         Timely identification and resolution of the certification basis, potential safety issues, and business practice requirements

·         Delegation using safety management concepts with appropriate controls and oversight

 Compliant optometry suppliers cannot go back to SAI global if there is a problem with the product as they are not a certified product, this is only the case if the product is certified and traceable.

A certified optometry supplier also has liability cover. The important difference being if a product fails and it’s not certified, there may be grounds for the insurance company to refuse to pay out as there is no proof of ongoing measures to ensure consistent quality to a minimum standard.

With regard to the warranty period, it was previously dictated by SAI global that the warranty on RX eye protectors should be 12 months.  This changed recently (around July this year) and it is now allowed to be a 2 year warranty, this is on our warranty cards.