US CPSC Issues a Final Rule for Gates and Enclosures
The US CPSC has published the final rule to incorporate the latest version of the ASTM standard for Gates and Enclosures.
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On July 6, 2020, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published the final rule, 16 CFR 1239, establishing a safety standard for Gates and Enclosures. The rule incorporates the latest version ASTM F1004-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures with modification and will become effective on July 6, 2021.
The standard defines:
- Expansion gates as a “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 a “self-supporting barrier intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined”
The following are modifications to ASTM F1004-19:
- Changed the definition for the word “conspicuous” in section 3.1.3
- Added “visual side-pressure indicator” and “side pressure” definitions (sections 3.1.16 and 3.1.17)
- Added section 6.8, performance requirements for visual side-pressure indicators
- Changed section 18.104.22.168, horizontal push-out test procedure
- Changed Note 11 regarding “address” verbiage in section 8.5
- Excluded section 8.5.3, requirement regarding wall cups or other hardware to meet section 6.3.1 requirements
- Added section 8.5.8, warning statement requirements for pressure-mounted gates that provide wall cups or other mounting hardware to meet section 6.3 requirements
- Added section 9.5, instructional literature requirements for pressure-mounted gates with visual side-pressure indicators
- Added section X22.214.171.124, rationale for visual side-pressure indicators requirement in 6.8
Copies of the standard can be purchased at https://www.astm.org/Standards/F1004.htm.
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