I thought I would blog about my ce teasing journey in making the dolly slings and carriers safe for children.
When I started looking into it, I got very overwhelmed with it all, but by joining groups and paying for membership, it has been a good journey and a steep learning curve!
I joined CE marking group, and paid for their CE pack, there is another place that you can get the pack slight cheaper but found this is most comprehensive.
Number 1. Make a master copy of the CE pack, this means you can reuse again and again with out having to buy each time. In certain documents I have also made a master with details that will remain the same. Saves time retyping!
Number 2. Read and read and read until dizzy in head! After a few times, you start to understand the process.
Number 3. Gather your equipment. I looked around the house and found we had things like wooden spoons, lighter (for candles), my phone has a stopwatch, camcorder, jute bag for holding weights, magazines to use as weights, washing up bowl for the soaking test (we just replaced our old one, so kept it solely for that purpose). The only thing I had to buy was luggage scales, I got digital set from my local supermarket and read out the weight reading, but have since got a set of the old fashioned kind.
Number 4. Don't panic when starting! By doing it in steps and doing it slowly it then becomes clearer. I found that there is no clear guidance for dolly carriers/slings but hopefully with the help from the groups, I got there.
Number 5. Certificates! This is where the expense can mount up. You need certificates for majority of the material used, there is some exceptions, if you are in groups they will charge a nominal amount for you to purchase, but once you have it, you can copy and paste to other items you make. You use due diligence on using fabric for the same manufacturer which can help, testing the fabric yourself can cost £60 and the groups will have recommendations of the testing houses.
Number 6. Burning your toy! It is scary after all the work you have put in, but it is essential. You will need somebody to help you in order to film you doing, in fact another person with you is good, even for moral support. The flash testing is done differently, I made up a square 20 cm by 20cm and then sewed it in format I would be using, and then laid it on a metal tray and set fire to it.
Number 7. Paperwork and paperwork tons of it. I keep a USB stick that solely has the CE testing information on it as a backup, but you also have to keep a paper copy of the CE markings and I copy all the pictures and videos onto a DVD. Some say don’t keep the flash testing fabric or the sample, but I do, this way if a check in needed, it is there.
Number 8. CE labels. Emmmm easy you think, no. There is certain information that has to be on it, along with your contact details (name, house number and postcode is fine) along with the CE mark. You can also add any warnings etc. I printed mine on card and then tagged them onto the product. You also have to put batch numbers on them as well, this is so it is traceable if any fault occurs and you know who you sold your product to.
If you want to incorporate the label in your product you have to remember to test the product with the label in.
And if it passes all the tests, then you have a product, and you will feel very proud when it goes on sale and you can say, yes they are CE certified.
As more and more people become aware that any toy that has play value you have to CE certify your product, whether it is knitted, crochet or sewed. Some craft shows will even ask you if your products are self-certified before they will allow you a stall.
Just ask if you need any help or assistance.