Baby cribs are a piece of furniture intended to provide sleeping accommodation for infants, until they are able to sit unaided or pull or push themselves up on their hands and knees. Cribs are useful up to six months and offer a more secure enclosure.
Newly published EN 1130:2019 ‘Children's furniture - Cribs - Safety requirements and test methods’ sets out safety requirements and test methods for cribs (including cradles, suspended cribs and bedside sleepers) for domestic and non-domestic use. The cribs used for medical purposes or used in hospitals are excluded from its scope.
Compared to previously existing versions EN 1130-1:1996 and EN 1130-2:1996, the new standard provides an improvement on mechanical requirements, building upon lessons learnt from incidents with bedside sleepers in Europe and elsewhere. In addition, changes cover requirements on chemical and flammability hazards, entrapment hazards from gaps and openings of the bedframe, falling hazards, instruction for use and warnings to be considered by parents when using a baby mattress etc.
Furthermore, EN 1130:2019 introduces the following modifications:
- Combination of both parts of EN 1130:1996 in one document;
- Modification of the structure of the document to have a hazards-based approach;
- Introduction and update of the test methods from EN 1130-2:1996;
- Introduction of requirements and test methods for suspended cribs and bedside sleepers;
- Introduction of requirements concerning chemical and thermal hazards.
EN 1130:2019 was developed by CEN/TC 207 ‘Furniture’, whose Secretariat is held by UNI, the Italian Standardization organization. It supports of the implementation of the European Commission’s General Product Safety Directive (Directive 2001/95/EC) .
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