WHS: Blinds and Curtains
- May 29, 2015
- Posted by: Rose_TrainingOZ15
- Category: Rose Training Blog
This month, Serge has some tips on making sure your blinds and curtains are WHS friendly!
Read on to find out more.
Sometimes our focus on safety is just kept to the workplace. Do you have blinds or curtains at home? In this edition, I’d like you to think about the way in which the cords for your blinds and curtains are secured and maintained. My focus here is on small children and infants who are most at risk.
Loose blind and curtain cords/chains—particularly those with loops—are dangerous. Children have died when the loop went over their head or they got tangled in loose cords while:
– sleeping in a cot or bed where cords are hanging
– playing near cords
– standing on a chair, sofa or bed to look out a window.
Children do not understand that a cord/chain wrapped around their neck can tighten and strangle them in just a few minutes if they sit down, roll around or climb down to the floor.
Between 2001 and 2008 at least 11 children have died in this way. Nine of these were children under three years of age. In the US, a child aged between seven months and 10 years dies each month after being strangled on curtain and blind cords.
The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 was recently amended at the start of this year to include a safety standard that sets out mandatory installation requirements for corded internal window coverings. The standard states that ;- the cord is sufficiently secured or tensioned to prevent the formation of a loop 220 mm or longer and a cleat used to secure a cord must be installed at least 1600 mm above floor level.
If you are in any doubt about the safety of your cords for your blinds or curtains at home or rental unit/apartment, please get them checked out by a competent person to ensure safety and compliance. If you want to know more about WHS, please give us a ring on 3038 3048 or talk to our Business Development Manager, Jessica Rose, on LiveChat!