Tributes for campaignerRospa safety campaigner dies

20 February 2006

Tributes have been paid following the death of a campaigner who worked tirelessly to make products safer for UK consumers.

Dr David Jenkins, who died last week at the age of 64, achieved some notable victories during his 20 year career at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa).

Only days before his death, it was announced that the European Union is to ban the sale of cigarette lighters that are not child-resistant - something for which Dr Jenkins had long campaigned.

That decision alone is likely to save 20 lives, and prevent the 1,200 fires a year in the EU which are caused by children playing with cheap lighters.

Fire safety

Dr Jenkins' other successes included the change to factory-fitted plugs on electrical goods, and tighter fire safety standards for furniture. He also played a role in improvements to the safety of fireworks, and gas and electrical appliances.

Which? safety standards expert Malcolm Bassett, who knew Dr Jenkins for many years, said: 'David was an enthusiastic advocate for people's right to have products that are safe. We regularly shared views and experiences. I will miss his openness, his expertise and his insight.'

Janice Cave, Rospa's Acting Director of Safety Policy, said: 'Consumers throughout the UK and Europe have much to thank him for. His dedication to safety led to many changes which have helped to save lives and prevent injuries. He will be greatly missed by everyone at Rospa.'