Monday September 09, 2019
Inclined Sleepers Label Panel Confines Discussion to General
Discussion was mostly high-level in an August 30 teleconference by an ASTM F15.18 task group on labeling of inclined sleep products. Besides being in the early stages of looking at such matters, participants agreed that for label language, it would make sense to wait to be informed by still ongoing work in other task groups, especially on hazard data (see related story in this issue). Otherwise, discussion will be "a moving target" as one member put it.
Nonetheless, the group will be looking at label visibility and placement in the meantime. The goal for the next session is to assemble potential models from standards on other products with similar occupant zones. Highchairs and bouncers are two prime candidates. There also might be some useful information from a past ballot on inclined sleeper labels, so members will get copies to review.
The goal would be to get the warnings in or near where caregivers focus – the occupant zone – but there might be space issues. Must the warning be visible when the product is occupied or would spacing allow only for placement in the zone? Will limited space also require split warnings, with second-tier information placed elsewhere on products?
This wait and see approach on content mirrored that of an inclined sleeper task group looking at scope (PSL, 8/26/19).