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Hazard Assessments and Design Evaluations for Toys

A Proactive Approach to Brand Protection

Business Challenge

Consumer awareness of safety and quality issues in consumer products, especially toys, is at an all time high. Consumers want to be confident that the toys they purchase are safe. To meet these concerns, manufacturers and brands need to be able to answer such questions as: What risks does my product present? Are there any hazards in the design? To what requirements does the product need to comply? They also need to take a proactive approach in assessing products during the design phase and early in the product development process and weigh the best approach to meet these objectives.

Solution

What is a Hazard Assessment? What is a Design Evaluation?
Hazard Assessments and Design Evaluations are two effective means to help manufacturers and brands identify safety issues related to product design. A Hazard Assessment is an in-depth review of your product for potentially dangerous design features. Design Evaluations are intended for products while still in the design phase and can be used to determine what tests should be applied to your product. These evaluations provide in-depth analysis of your product for features that are potentially hazardous along with possible recommendations for modifying product design. The objective of both these services is to help you make informed decisions about your product’s design to minimize recall and liability concerns.

What are the key benefits?
• Evaluate safety issues related to design before production to minimize risks
• Reduce engineering time by identifying potential hazards at an earlier stage in the manufacturing process, so design modifications can be less costly
• Minimize the risk of costly recalls, returns and complaints
• Gain confidence in the products you deliver to market
• Enhance risk management and brand protection

At Bureau Veritas, we take a team approach to Hazard Assessments and Design Evaluations. Our regulatory specialists, research analysts, and engineers all work together to assess products, identify applicable requirements and evaluate design concerns. Each of our technical professionals brings their specialized knowledge to create a total picture regarding compliance and potential hazards that a specific product may present. We provide a flexible approach that is scalable to large and small businesses, and that can address simple or complex products. Our services are designed to help minimize potential hazards and bring products in compliance with applicable regulations and standards. With a wide range of services, we can help you take a comprehensive approach that includes:

Hazard Assessments
• Reviews the toy for potentially hazardous or dangerous design features
• Evaluates toy product to determine an appropriate age grade, if applicable

Design Evaluations – Basic Level
• Identifies mandatory and industry compliance requirements applicable to a particular toy

Design Evaluations – Intermediate Level
• Includes a Hazard Assessment and Basic Level Design Evaluation listed above
• Provides an in-depth product review of potential design hazards and includes recommendations based upon industry best practices
• Offers an optional search for past product recalls

Design Evaluations – Advanced Level
• Includes all the features of an Intermediate Level Design Evaluation plus an analysis of injury data related to the product, including details of prior incidents involving similar products

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Reputation: For over 35 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

Worldwide Locations: – With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

Technical Knowledge & Leadership: – Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.

Personalized Service: – We are committed to meeting your evolving needs as you anticipate new market trends. We offer customized quality assurance services throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest levels of service is our priority.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Hazard Assessments and Design Evaluations required by law?

    At this time, they are not required by law in the US market. However, the new EU Toy Safety Directive places many new responsibilities on manufacturers, importers and retailers of toys that are destined for sale in the European market including a safety assessment/design evaluation.

  • Should Hazard Assessments and Design Evaluations be used for product redesigns as well as for new products?

    Yes. As the features and design of a product change, it is important to re-evaluate compliance and potential hazards that may result from the redesign. A proactive approach can help you reduce engineering time by identifying potential hazards earlier in the manufacturing process, saving valuable time and money.

  • What is the cost of this service? How quickly can I get results?

    Costs and turn-around times are situation specific. Please contact one of our knowledgeable engineers who can work with you to create an approach that best meets your requirements and timeframe.

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