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Children’s footwear seminar

News about a special member-only seminar programme, with a very limited number of delegate places available.

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Recent one-day events organised by SATRA to overview the key aspects of children’s shoes have confirmed the importance and complexity of ensuring that the products meet market and legal expectations. When carrying out risk assessments correctly, it is vital to ensure that the users, who may be considered more vulnerable by virtue of ability or understanding, are offered products which meet both their and market expectations.

For products such as toys and childcare articles, special requirements have been established to demonstrate the safety of products intended for children. Children’s footwear, however, is not considered as either a toy or a childcare article. Therefore, suppliers of children’s footwear need to develop techniques and procedures to address the potential risks associated with the use and performance of the complete range of children’s footwear – from slippers, through school shoes to wellingtons and trainers.

As a result, SATRA has organised a four-day course entitled ‘Children’s footwear – ensuring the right quality, safety and health’. This event will be held in Kettering, UK in April 2015, and is exclusive to members of SATRA. It will provide an intensive and interactive opportunity to discuss individual products, so only eight places are available.

This seminar has been designed for all personnel involved in the manufacture, supply, distribution or specification of children’s footwear. During the sessions, SATRA experts will consider many of the potential risks associated with children’s footwear. They will also provide guidance on best practice and how to ensure that the product is fit for purpose and safe.

Based on SATRA’s one-day seminar on the safety and quality for children’s footwear, this course offers a more intensive look at the key aspects, with practical work and the opportunity to discuss the attendee’s products with the relevant experts. Each day covering different aspects of the subject, with the full programme as follows:

Delegates will consider many of the potential risks associated with children’s footwear

Day 1: 13th April 2015 – The General Product Safety Directive, legislation, risk assessment, testing protocols for children’s shoes

Monday’s topics include:

Day 2: 14th April 2015 – Physical testing for safety and quality, fitting, preventing slip injuries

Topics under discussion on Tuesday include:

Day 3: 15th April 2015 – REACH and restricted substances

Wednesday’s course will concentrate on REACH and restricted substances.

Day 4: 16th April 2015 – Mould, discolouration, manufacturing health and safety, environmental issues, end of life

Thursday’s topics include:

How can we help?

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Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 46 of the December 2014 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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