Latest on Mandatory Child safety standards as at November 2013
The three standards are scheduled to be published shortly.
The installation of internal window furnishings will need to meet the standards of EN13129
The requirements of the standards are not retrospective. It is therefore most important to retain records to show the exact date of any installation .
Which locations require compliance.
All domestic premises, regardless of the occupants, will require full compliance.
All buildings where the public has access will require full compliance.
Any commercial building where public does not have access needs necessary notices on product /with product to inform that the furnishing is not been made child safe.
In the event that you have no knowledge where the product is to be fitted you must follow the compliance instructions and make the product child safe.
Types of Portland blinds already considered child safe
E zze FIT Roller, Venetian and Pleated ( Louvolite perfect fit system.)
Closed control Rooflight blinds.
Wand operated Vertical Louvre blinds.
Types of Portland blinds to be installed to new standards
Cord and chain operated Vertical blind.
Both controls to be greater than 1.5m from the floor.
PLus a double cord tidy to secure the loops.
All cords greater than 1.5m from the floor.
Cord stops to be fitted to the lift cords to stop internal cords forming a loop.
No looping of lift cords.
Cleat for each cord when blind is retracted.
Side chain Roller Blinds
Cord to be greater than 1.5m from the floor and secured by a cord tidy.
Cord to be greater thann .6m from the floor and to have two easy break chain connectors.
There will also be several requirements for warning labels,instructions and notices to be attached to the product. We will of course issue these with the delivery at the time. We have met with Health and Safety officials locally and our suppliers will ensure our products are tested to EN16433 and EN16434. We will update you on the progress in due course.
Should you need any clarification on this subject please call me.
This list is not exhaustive and is provided to give only a preliminary guidance on some of the main points that will need to be implemented.
It will be your resonsibility to ensure you adhere to the new regulations