Child safety

The safety of children is at the heart of the work of bodies of ISO and IEC, is a major concern for the company because the child and adolescent injuries are a major cause of death and disability in most countries. The World Report Joint WHO / UNICEF on preventing child injuries identifies unintentional injuries as the leading cause of death among young children. In this regard, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have just completed the revision of the “ISO / IEC Guide 50: 2014, Aspects of Security- Guidelines for child safety in standards and other specifications. ”

The objective of the ISO / IEC Guide is to provide guidelines for standards writers by compiling a list of dangers to which children may be exposed and proposing prevention strategies. It aims to address potential sources of injury for children, sources that are present in the products they use or with which they may come in contact. When addressing the safety of children, the following factors should be special attention on risk:

a) their interactions with people and products
b) development and behavior
c) the level of awareness, knowledge, and the child’s experience
d) the social, economic and environmental
e) the degree of supervision and monitoring of the child

The ISO / IEC Guide 50: 2014 explains why children are more vulnerable to hazards such as traffic accidents, falls, burns and drowning, given their different stages of development and how they interact with products and environments. Injury prevention is a shared responsibility. The Challenge of ISO / IEC Guide 50 is to establish guidelines to follow to develop products, packaging, structures, facilities, built environments or other items with which children can interact that are safe to reduce the causes of death or serious injury to children. An important aspect of this challenge is to balance security with the need for children to explore a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Injury prevention can be resolved by including the design, engineering, manufacturing controls, legislation, education and awareness.

However, the Guide does not provide guidelines for the prevention of intentional damage such as violence against children or other non-physical forms of damage such as psychological damage as bullying. It is not reserved only for standard setters. It contains important information that can be useful for information to government agencies, manufacturers, consumer associations, service providers, educators and policy makers. For more information, see : www.iso.org/  www.lernf.org/  www.reseauexpertsengages.com/

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