The main responsible authority in this regard is the HSE and their responsibility is to oversee and enforce legal requirements so that businesses and their workers stay on the right side of the law.

"All European member states have obligations to organise and undertake market surveillance to protect the interests of product users, and to ensure the operation of the EU free market. HSE contributes to this by leading on the monitoring of the health and safety of most products used at work in the UK," the executive states.

"HSE allocates resources to undertake both reactive and proactive market surveillance."

Ultimately, building a coherent and efficient strategy to deal with the safety of new products is not only essential for your workers and your business, it is also the law and needs to be adhered to.

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