New standard for electrical goods in care homes

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) has launched “Care Mark” to demonstrate a new safety standard for electrical goods used by elderly and disabled people. It is expected to become a requirement for purchasers and specifiers in care homes, hospitals and hotels, and will be strongly recommended to people with special needs living in their own homes. BEAB managing director Mike Vint said the first product area for which a standard had been developed to gain Care Mark approval was electric showers. “The standard has been developed by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) in co-operation with leading manufacturers,” Mr Vint said. “It is based on additional technical requirements to fulfil the needs of the care sector. To prevent scalding, the need for safe hot water temperature limits within accepted tolerance levels has been clearly identified as a requirement for vulnerable members of the population who may have limited manoeuvrability or limited ability to react to qui

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