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Trading Standards - safety and underage sales

The Safety Team enforce a wide range of legislation to ensure the safety of consumer products. We do this by:

  • offering advice
  • carrying out visits to manufacturers, importers and distributors
  • taking samples
  • making test purchases

We deal with:

New consumer goods

We enforce specific rules that cover product safety in relation to ‘CE’ marking and general product safety requirements.

Second-hand products

We inspect sellers of second-hand goods such as upholstered furniture, gas and electrical appliances, toys and nursery goods to check that they are safe, even though they have previously been used. We ensure that sellers of these goods are registered with the Trading Standards and we have produced a guide for retailers of second-hand goods to assist sellers in complying with safety requirements.

Apply for a second-hand dealer registration

Age restricted products

We ensure that products such as alcohol, tobacco and fireworks are only sold to persons over the age of 18 years. We have produced a guidance pack for sellers of age restricted products to assist compliance with these rules.
Information about retailers who sell to under age persons can be reported to us in confidence.

Petroleum safety and licensing

We check that petroleum spirit is stored safely and that storage sites operate in accordance with the terms of their licence. The statutory fees for a petroleum licence [PDF, 53Kb] are available online

Explosives safety and licensing

We carry out checks on all sellers of fireworks and other explosives to ensure that they are licensed or registered and that the products are being stored correctly. The statutory fees for an explosives licence or registration [PDF, 53Kb] are available online.

Electric blanket safety

We carry out free annual inspection checks on the safety of electric blankets.

Packaging

We regulate the amount of packaging on products and offer advice to manufacturers regarding packaging requirements.

Our traded services

Contact details

For consumer advice:

Citizens Advice helpline 

03454 04 05 06

For business advice:

01724 297664

trading.standards@northlincs.gov.uk

FAX: 01724 297895

Trading Standards 
North Lincolnshire Council 
PO Box 42 
Church Square House 
Scunthorpe 
North Lincolnshire 
DN15 6XQ

Personal callers by appointment only

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Out of hours: 01724 276444 (emergencies only)

Last updated: 12/10/2016
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