296. Criminal liability for defective consumer goods and unsuitable new construction products.

Provisions imposing criminal liability1 for unsafe goods affect building and engineering contractors engaged on works which will be used for private use and enjoyment. The general principle that no producer may place a product on the market unless the product is a safe product applies to products used in the construction industry2. A distributor3 must act with due care in order to help ensure compliance with the applicable safety requirements and in particular he:


    (1)     must not expose or possess for supply or offer or agree to supply, or supply, a product to any person which he knows or