LEICESTER, United Kingdom--(Intertek Consumer Goods in the United Kingdom, has been chosen by business standards company British Standards Institution (BSI) to join a group of industry experts in the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 50, “Safety aspects – Guidelines for child safety.” The decision to update the Guide, originally published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), came about at the September 2011 meeting of the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB). A year later, September 2012 will see the Working Group hold its first meeting in Geneva under its convenor Dr. Mike Hayes of the UK-based Child Accident Prevention Trust. Revisions to ISO/IEC Guide 50 will look to update the current edition, which was published in 2002.)--Philip Bullock, Technical Manager of
“Safety aspects – Guidelines for child safety”
As a member of the Toy Industries of Europe Technical Committee, Mr. Bullock has been involved in discussions of the new Toy Directive for many years. He is a member of BSI CW/15 toy committee and its sub committees, the British Toy and Hobby Association (BHTA) UK Toy Interpretations Group, which discusses interpretations of the toy standards, and the advisory group for Toytest, a laboratory proficiency testing scheme. He attends both UK and European co-ordination meetings of Notified Bodies under the European Toy Directive. Over the years, he has contributed many interpretations and approaches to issues which have been adopted by the industry.
ISO/IEC Guide 50, “Safety aspects – Guidelines for child safety”, provides a framework for addressing potential sources of unintentional hazards to which children might be exposed during their use of, or interaction with, a product, service or system. This includes information on the general approach to child safety, including specific developmental characteristics of children that place them at a particular risk of injury. The guide is primarily intended for those involved in the preparation and revision of standards that will be used by product designers, architects, manufacturers, service providers, communicators and policy makers in a way to minimize possible injury to children, and is designed to be used in conjunction with ISO/IEC Guide 51, “Safety aspects — Guidelines” for their inclusion in standards.
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