The compliance of baby sleep bags
Safety and tog testing: complying with BS 8510
Baby sleep bags are a popular altenative to blankets and sheets and remove the need for additional bedding when sleeping in a cot or similar product. They were introduced in an effort to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as Cot Death in the UK. They are designed to keep children of 4kg or more at a comfortable temperature through the nights and, as opposed to adult sleeping bags, they are intended for indoor use. Baby sleep bags are given a 'tog' rating according to the warmth they provide.
Baby sleep bags need to comply with the minimum requirements of BS 8510:2009 standard - 'Child use and care articles. Safety of children's sleep bags. Safety requirements and test methods.' This standard does not apply to garments with sleeves and feet, i.e. sleep suits or babygros, or to products designed primarly for outdoor use or to keep children warm when in a pushchair.
At Bureau Veritas, we help manufacturers, importers and retailers of baby sleep bags meet the requirements of BS8510:2009 which include specifications on:
- Chemical Hazards
- Thermal Hazards
- Mechanical Hazards such as entrapment, entanglement, chocking and ingestion, suffocation, structural integrity
Our UK testing laboratory is to carry out all necessary tests to show compliance to the above standard, including the rating of the thermal resistance, also called tog testing. We are one of the few laboratories in the world to offer tog testing to BS 8510.
The testing of baby tog quilts:
In addition to the testing of baby sleep bags, Bureau Veritas can also test baby quilts in accordance to BS 5335
WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?
We have decades of experience of the baby products market. We offer technical & regulatory consultancy, testing, design evaluation and safety assessment services for a wide range of nursery products such as push chairs, strollers, cribs, toddler beds, bunk beds, walkers, safety gates, hook-on chair, cradles, carriages etc.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is tog testing?
The tog (Thermal Overall Grade) is a measure of thermal resistance of a unit area, also known as thermal insulance, commonly used in the British textile industry. The higher the tog value, the greater is the thermal insulation provided. Whilst a tog value is directly related to mass per unit area and thickness, the relationship is not linear. It does not therefore follow that an increase in weight or thickness will result in a proportional increase in thermal resistance.
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