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Consumer Products Committee Creates Several New Subcommittees
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 May 2006 Tech News

Consumer Products Committee Creates Several New Subcommittees

ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has recently formed several new subcommittees. These include F15.58 on Powered Scooters and Skateboards, which was covered in the February issue of SN, as well as the following. All interested parties are invited to participate in the activities of these subcommittees.

F15.59 on Children’s Folding Chairs
The scope of F15.59 is the development of a safety standard for children’s folding chairs. The standard will detail requirements for locking mechanisms for children’s folding chairs, as well as provide requirements for labeling.

At an organizational meeting on Dec. 6, 2005, Vince Amodeo and Keysha Watson, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, provided background information to explain why the commission requested that ASTM Committee F15 look into safety issues regarding children’s folding chairs. Amodeo and Watson noted that there are over six million children’s folding chairs on the market. Over the past five years, CPSC has learned of many injuries resulting from children’s chairs, including finger lacerations, finger tip amputations, fractures, and broken and pinched fingers.

Subcommittee F15.22 will also consider revisions to ASTM F 963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, to help prevent possible injuries with toy chairs. However, it was also felt that the creation of Subcommittee F15.59 was necessary for the development of a separate standard to address issues with children’s chairs that are not toys. //

Technical Information: Kitty Pilarz, Fisher-Price Toys, East Aurora, N.Y.
Phone: 716/687-3343

Upcoming Meeting: Sept. 25-28, ASTM International Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa.

F15.60 on Portable Pools
Subcommittee F15.60 on Portable Pools was organized on Dec. 5, 2005. The subcommittee plans to develop standards for portable pools for residential use. A portable pool is defined as a pool that is easily moved or carried, and designed to be purchased, set up and installed personally by the consumer. Subcommittee F15.60 will address safety issues that result in portable pool drownings, as well as other injuries. Some of the issues that have been raised and will be discussed at future meetings are drowning and pool access, electrocution, sanitation/bacteria, liner bursting and hair and clothing entrapment.

Technical Information: Carol Pollack-Nelson, Rockville, Md.
Phone: 301/340-2912

Upcoming Meeting: Sept. 25-28
ASTM International Headquarters
West Conshohocken, Pa.

F15.61 on Constant Air Inflatable Play Devices for Home Use
Subcommittee F15.61 on Constant Air Inflatable Play Devices for Home Use was formed Feb. 6. This subcommittee will develop safety specifications for various types of constant air inflatable devices intended for use by children over the age of 18 months to 14 years in a home environment. Subcommittee F15.61 will also work to maintain liaisons with relevant organizations, both internal and external to ASTM. //

Technical Information: David Dick, Bureau Veritas, Buffalo, N.Y.
Phone: 716/505-3300

ASTM staff: Kathie Morgan
Phone: 610/832-9721

Upcoming Meeting: Sept. 25-28, ASTM International Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa.

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