||Performance Standard for Baby Changing Tables
Members of Committee F15 on Consumer Products are drafting a performance standard for
commercial baby changing tables. The proposed standard will cover
stationary tables used in day care centers and hospitals, as well
as the fold-down models attached to public restroom walls.
Subcommittee F15.50, Diaper Changing Tables for Commercial Use,
officially formed late last year to begin this effort. Currently
they are performing tests for the standard under the aegis of
Chairman David B. Hommel, director of operations, Bird-in-Hand
Woodworks, Lancaster, Pa. Additional manufacturers are involved
on the subcommittee, including the largest manufacturer of commercial
changing tables in the United States, a safety engineer, and several
consumer representatives. Hommel invites users and related stakeholders
to join the subcommittee such as child-care or hospital professionals,
The proposed standard will not be design-restrictive and will
apply to units designed for public use made of wood, plastic,
metal, etc. It will primarily address the problem of children
falling off the table, and define a basic standard for weight
capacity and structural integrity.
Hommel said the standard would also cover commercial changing
tables equipped with steps. Typically, a day-care worker changes
40 to 50 diapers a day. Lifting and carrying and putting down
20 to 25 lb. toddlers becomes an occupational hazard.
To participate, or for further technical information, contact
David B. Hommel, Director of Operations, Bird-in-Hand Woodworks, Lancaster, Pa.
(phone: 717/397-5686, ext. 227). For Committee F15 meeting or
membership details, contact Director Kathie Morgan, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9721). //
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