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Child Safety Guidelines Published by International Organizations

New York, Jun 24, 2002

Although National Safety Month is coming to a close, consumer safety remains an ongoing priority for product manufacturers and service providers across all facets of industry. In particular, increasing attention is being given to the prevention of child and adolescent injuries resulting from interaction with products, structures, installations and services.

Acknowledging that intervention strategies to protect children differ from those to protect adults, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have announced the publication of ISO/IEC Guide 50:2002 Safety aspects-Guidelines for Child Safety. The guide, which highlights the key role standards play in injury prevention and control, was developed with contributions from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. national member body to ISO, and its Consumer Interest Council (CIC).

Specifically, the Guide provides a framework for addressing potential sources of unintentional hazards and 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.

The ISO/IEC Guide 50: 2002 Safety Aspects-Guidelines for Child Safety was prepared by the Joint ISO/IEC Technical Advisory Group (JTAG) for Child Safety and should be used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC Guide 51, Safety Aspects – Guidelines for their inclusion in standards. This second edition of Guide 50 cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO/IEC Guide 50:1987), which has been technically revised.

Electronic copies of ISO/IEC Guide 50:2002 Safety aspects-Guidelines for Child Safety can be purchased through ANSI’s Electronic Standards Store (ESS), or by contacting ANSI’s customer service at (212) 642-4980.

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