||Participation Invited as ASTM Develops Standard for Cribsheet
ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products is soliciting individuals to develop a performance
standard for cribsheet retention devices designed to reduce entrapment
and suffocation. Crib mattress and sheet manufacturers, retailers,
testing laboratories, safety consultants, consumers, and others
are encouraged to contact ASTM.
The proposed ASTM standard will apply to anchors for full-sized
cribs as defined in U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 16, Part
1508.3. Committee F15 is seeking a broad representation of producers,
users, government, and academia to develop uniform performance
requirements for cribsheet anchors.
BabySleepSafe, a cribsheet anchor manufacturing division of SLOCB
Industries, Ardentsville, Pa., and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers
Association, will participate in the development of the standard.
The effort began when April Decker, BabySleepSafe, requested that
Hauser Laboratories, Colorado, research the failure rate of cribsheets
with and without a retention device. Hauser wrote a performance
specification based on their findings, and met with ASTM Committee
F15 in June to request that it be further developed into a voluntary
ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products was formed in 1973. Forty-two
subcommittees develop performance standards for different product
areas. With current membership of approximately 700, the committee
maintains over 63 standards that are available online or in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.07. Developed
by a unique mixture of representatives from industry, government,
testing laboratories, retailers, and the ultimate consumer, these
standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in promoting
the safe usage and performance of consumer products.
To participate in this activity, contact Kathie Morgan, director, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/ 832-9721).
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