Guidance on the Safety of Bunk Beds
Serious accidents have occurred where children have slipped through gaps in the restraining rails of bunk beds and trapped their heads. To prevent injury, strangulation or suffocation a British/European Standard BS EN 747-1: 2012+A1:2015 has been developed.
The Standards specify various safety requirements including: Protective barriers, Guard rails, Ladders, Dimensions, Holes, Strength of materials, Durability, Instructions for use, Marking the permissible sizes of gaps in the structure of the upper bunks in bunk beds.
The General Product Safety Regulations 2005. (SI 2005 No. 1803)
The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 transpose Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety into UK law.
The purpose of the General Product Safety Directive is to ensure that all products intended for or likely to be used by consumers under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions are safe.
The Directive pursues its principal objective of ensuring consumer product safety by:
specifying that products placed on the market or supplied by producers and distributors must be safe;
defining a safe product;
imposing obligations on producers and distributors consistent with marketing safe products;
laying down a framework for assessing safety;
requiring enforcement authorities to be empowered to take the action necessary to protect consumers from unsafe products.