The safety of all consumer products, whether they are sold as new or second hand, is controlled by a wide range of regulations.

Our officers visit shops to inspect goods and to take samples for testing to ensure that items are safe. We visit manufacturers and importers based in Bolton to discuss the safety of their products, giving guidance on how items are presented and on any instructions that may be needed for safe use.

We also visit car boot sales, Sunday markets and one-day sales and we are always alert to the problems of itinerant traders selling unsafe goods from door to door.

If you are a consumer who is concerned with the safety of any goods you have bought, please contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or visit their website.

If you are a business and would like advice on the safety of any goods you are intending to supply, please contact us.