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Risk assessment

The law defines risk as a combination of the probability of occurrence of a hazard and the severity of the potential harm. Our services range from feasibility studies and risk analyses of consumer goods, toys and entire product lines through to product-related research and ratings.


Why bother with a risk assessment?

To enhance consumer protection, the German Bundestag adopted the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) in 2011. This act stipulates that a product may be sold on the market only if it presents no risk of harm to human health or safety. The law defines risk as a combination of the probability of occurrence of a hazard and the severity of the potential harm. In summary, one can say that, even if the risk of danger is very low, it is ultimately impossible to exclude it altogether.

This also explains why products that would in normative terms be classified as safe pursuant to the Product Safety Act are constantly being recalled. Hermes Hansecontrol has added a comprehensive range of risk assessment products to its portfolio to help you, as a manufacturer, to make your products as safe as possible. These range from feasibility studies and risk analyses of consumer goods, toys and entire product lines through to product-related research and ratings.

As investment in both time and money increases over the process, our team of experts will support you right from the design phase to identify dangers and minimize risks at the earliest possible stage. As these are often abstract and difficult to grasp, we work with concrete examples to heighten your awareness of potential dangers. The idea is to detect and eliminate critical design errors early in the development phase to avoid or at least minimize any threat of follow-up costs.

In the following procurement phase, we will help you select suitable materials, inform you about any tests required by law, and also point you in the direction of further protections that go beyond the mandatory statutory minimum. The heightened awareness of consumers of quality issues must be taken into account, especially in the toy sector.
If you want to gain the trust of this very critical target group, it is no longer enough just to observe the minimum legal requirements. Your ultimate objective must be to reduce the residual risk to an absolute minimum.