New child safety requirements for internal solar shading

02 December 2013

logo-makeitsafeThe EU Decision of 28th July 2011 mandated CEN to incorporate new requirements on child safety into the standard EN 13120 on internal blinds, in particular sections 8 and 15. This work also required the writing of two test method standards - EN 16433 and EN 16434.

Scope of the child safety internal blinds requirements
The new requirements were mandated under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR). These regulations define a safe product and are a legal requirement on all businesses. The new sections of the EN 13120 standard are not applicable to internal blinds which are manufactured before the date of its publication. The three standards are likely to be published by early 2014, and as from then immediately come into effect.

Internal blinds presenting no hazardous loops and no hazardous cords are deemed to satisfy the child safety requirements of the standard. Every other internal blind needs to meet the child safety standards of EN 13120, when intended to be installed in premises where children aged 0-42 months are likely to have access or be present. Commercial buildings are unlikely to require full compliance but need notice to say products are not suitable for locations where children may be present.

Guide on window blind safety
ES-SO member BBSA - the British Blind and Shutter Association, prepared a practical guideline to interpret correctly the new requirements for the manufacturers, retailers and professional installers. The BBSA also developed a web- guide on window blind safety.

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