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RAPEX, the European Commission's RAPEX system, reports that the second most common notification of serious risks in 2011 was toy and the 6th largest item of child-minding and play ground gear - all products specifically for them! Over the last 5 years there have been 43 RAPEX warnings related to high chair use from 13 different Member States alone.
Among the hazards that have been recognised in these warnings are suffocation from removable or fragile parts of the high seat that are available to the infant, falls due to poor strength in the high seat construction, non-compliant flap or lock mechanism or the absence of an efficient retention system (2). Kids are at danger of being injured if a device has a construction flaw, if parts are fractured or absent, or if the use of the device presents an unexpected danger.
Violations may also result if a device is not used as directed, if its use is independent of a person's ages, or if its use is not adequately monitored. A higher level of personal exposure may also arise with used products if the story of the products is not known and the products have been corrupted or the full safety manual is no longer available.
"Childrens health is paramount," said Erikas Maciunas, Lithuania's Deputy Minister of Health and representing the Lithuanian EU Presidency. "Unnecessarily avoidable injury and accident, many of which arise from interactions with daily products. Childcare throughout the European Union should be provided with the same levels of security, which means that secure and accessible childcare items are available for childcare workers and their parents and that their secure use is properly understood. 3.
" Today, the European Child Safety Alliance, together with its local partner and 3 main sponsor companies, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd. in the UK and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France (3), is proud to publish the European Product Safety Guide: Potential hazardous products. This guide has been developed to expand our understanding as a way to reduce injury to infants associated with products used regularly by infants and their carers.
The report contains extensive information on 26 products (4) that have been recognised by European children's health professionals and evidence-based studies as being at risk of harm to minors on the basis of the following criteria: products used by a large percentage of parental and carer populations, products that are regarded as "safety products" for minors but are frequently abused by them.
This guide aims to increase the consumer's and professional's consciousness and to encourage them to identify the latent dangers that a baby faces with products in his or her everyday lives and how injury from these products can be prevented. Readers receive information for each individual item on why the item may present a security risk, why it may be hazardous to minors, what to look out for when purchasing or before using the item, and finally information on the safe use of the item.
"Following the recommendations could save more life, prevent injury pains and sufferings and reduce healthcare costs," said Joanne Vincenten, Director of the European Child Safety Alliance. "Child Product Product safety Guide provides clear and easy basic information on child protection for parent, caregiver and professional to help them not only make intelligent and safer decisions, but also how to put child protection into everyday use.
" An example is the correct use of a children's seat belt system that significantly minimizes the risk of being thrown out of a truck. Uninhibited children have a 49% probability of being ejected in a road accident. Children who are wrongly attached to an age-appropriate restraining system have a 35% risk of being ejected.
However, a correct sized infant has an ejector probability of 10%, while a correct sized infant has an ejector probability of only 3%. Increased GPSD is achieved through efficient work by producers and standardisation bodies, which includes periodic surveillance and continuous improvement of designs.
However, security is a common duty, and by also raising consumer and professional awareness and understanding of how to interact safely with products, Europe's young people will live more safely. Sponsors of the Guide to Product Health and Safety Guidelines for Children: A world leader in providing scientific, scientifically sound, autonomous solutions, UL has been committed to advancing innovation for 120 years.
Utilizing research and standardization, UL continuously strives to improve and fulfill ever-changing security requirements.