When you’re a manufacturer, product safety should be one of your highest concerns. Follow these steps to ensure that your products meet industry standards and are worthy of representing your business.

Check the Regulations

Every manufacturer should be deeply familiar with the regulations surrounding their industry. But even if you’ve read the rules a thousand times, you should still refresh your memory before you start designing a new product.
You can check with your local product safety commission for a complete list of the regulations relevant to your business. Consider subscribing to the commission’s mailing list to get notified of changes as they happen.

Order Quality Components

The parts that go into your product will determine the safety and functionality of the final result. As you make your purchasing decisions, find the highest-quality version of every element needed for your design. Use BPA-free plastics, and select screws or clips that you know will hold. If your product needs to be lined with a silicone sponge sheet, choose a brand that won’t break down over time.

If you are ever forced to sacrifice quality for cost, make note of the ways that this could impact the safety of your product. Whenever possible, modify other elements of your design to correct any problematic features.

Test Your Prototypes

The prototyping phase is the perfect time to check your product for safety. Never manufacture a product that hasn’t been through a prototype phase; cutting corners now could force you to pull an entire line of products later on.
Run your prototype through as many different scenarios as possible to see what might go wrong. Try throwing it, crushing it, and exposing it to water or other solvents. Tailor these tests to the way that your product might be used, but remember to check for unlikely situations.

Perform Regular Quality Inspections

Small problems in the manufacturing process can result in a reduction of quality over time. In order to make sure that your machinery hasn’t stopped working, perform regular quality inspections on your production line. Pull a random sample from products that have not yet shipped. Confirm that your design standards have been met, and consider trying a fresh safety test on a yearly basis.

When it comes to manufacturing, safety and quality go hand in hand. As long as you produce exceptional items with high standards, you should be confident that your products are safe for customers to use.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.