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On July 8, 2019, the US CPSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures (16 CFR 1239)

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On July 8, 2019, CPSC approved the publication of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a Safety Standard for Gates and Enclosures (16 CFR 1239). The proposed rule is in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA and is based on the voluntary standard ASTM F1004-19 (Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures) with no modifications.

The standard defines:

  • Expansion gate as: “barrier intended to be erected in an opening, such as a doorway, to prevent the passage of young children, but which can be removed by older persons who are able to operate the locking mechanism”
  • Expandable enclosures as: “self-supporting barrier intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined”

Although the ASTM F1004-19 title and definitions include the word “expansion” and “expandable”, the scope of the standard covers all children’s gates and enclosures, whether they expand or not.

The commission invites interested parties to submit their comments by September 23, 2019.

Copy of the standard can be purchased at: ASTM

Notice of Proposed Rule - See link: 16 CFR 1239

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