Marks

HOW WE GRANTS SAFETY AND QUALITY

The safety of products is an indispensable requirement and a primary duty that every successful company has with consumers. A product cannot be classified as of a good quality if safety hasn’t been previously guaranteed.
The Institute grants manufacturers the right to use its marks on their products upon the successful certification of products’ samples, the inspections during the production and signing jointly the appropriate agreement according to codified procedures.
The manufacturer or the importer that decides to tag on its products IISG – UL mark, commits to submit its products to deepen analysis that are listed in the mark regulation. The regulation includes that goods have to go through inspections during the production and constant supervision on the market carried out by UL – IISG.
UL – IISG marks increase product’s value and make immediately visible to consumer energy spent for product safety.

THE SAFE TOYS MARK

SAFE TOYSA toy cannot be classified as of a good quality if safety hasn’t been previously guaranteed. When consumers are children to give a safety and quality guarantee allow us to comply with a fundamental ethical principle and it’s an important instrument to be competitive inside a market more and more careful and sensitized.

WHAT DOES ICQ DO BEFORE GRANTING THE SAFE TOYS MARK

  1. AGE GRADING EVALUATION OF THE TOY
    At UL – IISG the proper age grading is determined by an experienced psychologist who establishes the playing age of the toy according to cognitive and motor abilities possessed by the children during their development. The recommended age of a toy is an essential element to guarantee the safety of the product, and it is important that parents are aware of its importance on the packaging.
  2. RISK ASSESSMENT
    Toys under development are studied in technical sessions by an UL – IISG team of experts with diversified skill sets to appraise possible risks connected with their use and abuse. Based on these evaluations the team establishes specific tests necessary for the certification and the granting of the mark SAFE TOYS.
  3. PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL TESTS
    The UL – IISG laboratory technicians check for the presence of any sharp edges or sharp points in the toy structure, the possibility of detaching parts that can provoke traumas or could cause choking hazards. Toys intended to bear the weight of a child (for example electrical or mechanical vehicles), must pass the crash test of the structure launched against an obstacle. Teddy bears are put through hard tests of torsion, tension, simulated bites, in order to withstand the accidental removal of small parts.
  4. CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, HYGIENE AND RADIOACTIVITY
    A chemical analysis is carried out on toys and all the other articles related to children. The objective is to check raw materials, varnishes, adhesives and more to verify they are not hazardous and they conform to all safety requirements related to heavy metals and toxic substances.
  5. ELECTRICAL TESTS
    At our labs we test electromagnetic compatibility and radio frequencies. Special tests are performed to evaluate the overheating of toy parts which could be in contact with the child. Special tests are carried out for electrical toys operating in contact with water such as bath toys.
  6. FLAMMABILITY TESTS
    Soft toys and other toys made of textile or cushioned material are submitted to flammability tests. We analyze the ignition and the fire reaction of the materials with our special equipment. To successfully pass the test, the speed of flame spreading on the toy must be inferior to an industry established safety threshold.
  7. PRODUCTION INSPECTIONS
    Certifying a product with our SAFE TOYS mark doesn’t end with laboratory tests. We also follow the product through the production and inspection phases with sampling procedures. This allows us to ensure that the toys conform to safety requirements established by law and quality standards required by the purchaser.
  8. GRANTING THE MARK SAFE TOYS”

CHECKED SAFETYTHE CHECKED SAFETY MARK

The CHECKED SAFETY mark guarantees that the tested products comply with all the safety requirements and with the General Product Safety Directive – GPSD, that is not all.

HOW TO GET THE CHECKED SAFETY MARK

The presence of the CHECKED SAFETY mark on a product highlights that:

  • an appropriate internal commission has previously evaluated any possible risk linked to the use of the product either from children or adults (RAP – Risk Assessment Protocol);
  • an eco-toxicological commission has preventative evaluated all the chemical and microbiological risks;
  • appropriate inspections have been carried out in the productive poles in order to ensure global safety of the production.

THE ECO SAFE MARK

ecosafeECO SAFE  is an UL project aimed especially at those companies that undertake to observe increasingly higher quality and safety standards.
The ECO SAFE mark constitutes a guarantee that the products have been designed in compliance with chemical and mechanical safety standards, especially as regards articles intended for children.

HOW TO GET THE ECO SAFE MARK

The goal of ECO SAFE is to provide products with added value.
The ECO SAFE project brings together commercial development and tangible safety and sustainability results.
ECO SAFE requires a growing commitment, in terms of time and resources, by those companies that choose to become increasingly socially responsible.
The ECO SAFE mark is a distinctive feature highlighting the efforts made by companies to develop products that meet the needs of their consumers.
The long-term commitment of ECO SAFE is to offer consumers increasingly safe quality products. It is a commitment to future generations.

For further information about ECO SAFE mark please visit the website http://www.ecosafetextile.com/en/

 

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