The BRC and its members introduce Codes of Practice to further enhance the safety of children’s halloween costumes

London, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC and its members have introduced two voluntary Codes of Practice which exceed the current testing standard, to further enhance the safety of children’s dress-up costumes.

The terrible accident involving Claudia Winkleman’s daughter in 2014 and the subsequent media coverage focussed attention on what were seen as failings to the existing Toy Safety Standard for the flammability of children’s dress-up costumes. Against this backdrop, the BRC and its members agreed the need for a more robust flammability test and worked together with UK laboratories to develop one that could be adopted quickly and ensure that products sold were safer.

The resulting BRC test standard for flammability, endorsed by RoSPA, The National Fire Chiefs Council, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Children’s Burns Trust, has since been reinforced with the more stringent requirement of a maximum burn rate of 10mm/minute – an improvement of 300 per cent over the existing 30mm/minute standard. This is just one of the many stricter requirements introduced in the last 12 months.

David Bolton, Head of Product Safety at the BRC said:

“We have led the way in developing guidance and tools to help all companies, not just our members, test products to a standard above current regulations to give their customers the reassurances they rightly demand. First introduced in 2016, we continue to review and refine it to ensure it is robust and add to a company’s own due diligence process. We have also been working with BSI to encourage Europe to adopt our standard.

“Whilst this is a valuable tool for all companies, we are still recommending that the UK Government and EU authorities revisit the legislation to ensure all products on the market are effectively regulated to reflect the hazards presented by today’s style of costumes, including the fabrics and finishes used.”

Paul M Fuller CBE QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We fully endorse the two Codes of Practice developed by the BRC and its members, which go further than the mandatory regulations in putting children’s welfare and safety first.  Retailers have considered the potential risk and vulnerability of children and rightly made the voluntary decision to go beyond the current testing standard to ensure the dress-up products they sell are safer.”

Ken Dunn BSc FRCS (Lond) FRCS (plast) FRCS (ed), Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon.  Medical Trustee, Children’s Burns Trust said:

“The number of incidents of burns involving clothing, for example a child’s fancy-dress costume, is thankfully relatively low – but when it does happen it is catastrophic. We continue to support the work of the Government and the BSI (British Standard Institute) in increasing the flammability standards of children’s clothes in particular and are grateful to the British Retail Consortium for the developments in their Code of Practice.”

  • The two BRC voluntary Codes of Practice are:

Method of Test for the Flammability Safety of Children’s Dress-Up

Additional Flammability Labelling of Children’s Dress-Up

  • Dress-up clothes are defined in European Law (Toy Safety Directive) as a “Toy”. As such, there are a suite of standards (EN 71) that are used whereby compliance with the standard can be used to demonstrate that a toy is safe. For dress-up flammability, this standard is called “EN71-2”.

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Sena unveils its new Tufftalk headset: an earmuff Bluetooth communication and intercom headset now available on BuySena.com


SAN JOSE, Calif., 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth communication devices for motorsport, outdoor and industrial solutions, announced today the release of its new Tufftalk headset, which is engineered with Sena’s almost two decades of industrial wireless Bluetooth expertise.

“Sena Tufftalk is the first fully Bluetooth integrated intercom device to both protect the user and supply a clearer communication channel.” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “This device marks our continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of the industrial field.”

Sena’s Tufftalk, an earmuff Bluetooth® communication and intercom headset, is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications. Tufftalk sports a 1.4 km working Bluetooth range – the furthest of any product on the market today. Its sturdy design and tough manufacturing offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted intercom communication between up to four headsets. Coupled with its seamless compatibility with other Bluetooth and two-way radio devices, including Sena SR10i which allows for wireless two-way radio communication, Tufftalk far outpaces the competition.

Breaking through the noise
In rough and loud environments, safety is key, and this is exactly where Tufftalk truly shines. Tufftalk’s secure earmuffs help protect users from harmful noise with an audio attenuation of 24dB. The ambient mode feature allows users to amplify external sounds – generating greater awareness of surroundings so important alarms or calls can be heard while still protecting hearing. For more active applications, Tufftalk offers an optional hard hat mount package.

“Poor worksite communication is costly for businesses,” Kim said. “With Tufftalk we applied Sena’s two decades of expertise to offer industrial strength seamless communication for the harshest of environments.”

Equipped with HD quality speakers, Tufftalk delivers crystal clear audio that industrial mobile workers need to stay safe on busy and noisy worksites. Tufftalk features Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ technology, which limits the interference of background noise while maintaining the full volume of voice communication.

Sena’s patented Jog Dial design is glove-friendly and easy to control, while the VOX technology allows users to answer phone calls, communicate and react to voice commands, all while hands-free. Tufftalk is also compatible with a Sena App to configure settings and presets easily through any smartphone. As with all Sena units, Tufftalk is completely firmware upgradeable to ensure it remains compatible with all of the latest Bluetooth technology.

Features
Firmware upgradable
Study design for industrial environments
Optional 1.4 km communication range, or 800 km with default antenna
Equipped with VOX for hands-free control
Pairs to smartphones and other Bluetooth enabled devices
15 hours of talk time with lithium battery or 12 hours with AAA batteries
Attenuation of 24dB
HD-quality speaker with Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ blocking external noise
Compatible with two-way radios
Optional hard hat mounting available
Bluetooth 4.1

Since 1998, Sena has been recognized as a wireless leader specializing in Bluetooth-based solutions that benefit both users and businesses at large. Drawing from its industrial solutions, Sena is a leader in consumer goods in the power sports and action sports industries providing communication solutions for this market since releasing the SMH10 in 2011.

Like all Sena products, Tufftalk comes with Sena’s industry-leading two-year warranty, and is now available on BuySena.com. For more information and the full Sena product line, please visit: www.SenaIndustrial.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

eBrookes Leads the Way for Work Wear Clothing

Ian Brookes, founder of workwear specialist site eBrookes.co.uk, has highlighted the emphasis which should be placed on appropriate work wear clothing especially with autumn and winter approaching.

eBrookes.co.uk has recently celebrated 7 years in trading, during which time they have suited and attired workforces around the country.

Brookes emphasises that with work wear, there should always be a focus on safety; “Ensuring your workforce are properly attired when working, specifically outside, may seem straightforward enough, but it cannot be underestimated just how important it is.

“With Autumn on the way and daylight time getting shorter, large amounts of work will soon be done without sunlight, which poses safety risks.”

As well as offering established work wear brands such as CAT, Carhartt and Dickies, eBrookes.co.uk also offers a tailored embroidery and clothes personalisation service. Suitable for catering and hospitality, clubs and organisations and even schools and education, you can add your branded logo for as little as £1.10.

“The personalisation service is a great way to give a team a smart and professional look in addition to helping establish a company identity.”

eBrookes prides itself on offering the wide range of clothes on offer at trade prices. Regatta fleeces, Fruit of the Loom Polo shirts as well as steel toe boots and hi-visibility gear, which Brookes is anticipating being popular again this coming season;

“There is no better way to stay safe and seen than when wearing hi-visibility clothes. Our hi vis jackets and trousers combine comfort with peace of mind whilst working in poor lighting conditions.

Via EPR Network
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