A new European technical report has been published which looks to offer guidance on finger entrapment criteria.
PD CEN/TR 17202_2018 Furniture. General safety guidelines. Entrapment of fingers was produced by CEN TC207 WG9, the European Standards committee developing common test method standards for furniture. The working group is chaired by FIRA’s General Manager Phil Reynolds.
Finger entrapment has long been a contentious issue, with different requirements in different standards, and varying interpretations across Europe. The new Technical Report looks to present a set of requirements that can be used in all standards, together with a rationale to help designers and manufacturers understand what is being asked for, and why. This document will also inform all new European Standards for furniture.