I have researched into the health and safety regulatins of childrenswear clothing. I Have done this to inform me of certain fastenings etc I can or can't use in my designs. In my research process I have found iut that childrenswear designers must keep to laws and regulations and that these differ in different countries.
"When designing children’s clothing, it is essential to take into consideration the behaviour of children"
The regulations that are set up for the tiny parts are applicable to the play toys of children, snaps, plastic materials, metal items, buttons, zips etc. Some of these parts can come loose and pose a choking danger.
Regulations applicable to children's clothing
The rules and regulations you should be aware of include:
I have filtered down key information and hazardous items on clothing, that should not be incorporated into my childrenswear designs due to laws and regulations. I have found this information out from reading articles from these websites:
Not to include in my childrenswear designs-
- Non fire resistant material
- Non washable material
- Toggles on elasticated cord (can cause injury to eyes and teeth lose)
- Toggles that aren't properly secered/that can come loose and be a choking hazzard
- No zips
- No buttons sewn on badly
- No trimming e.g sequins
- No draw string around neck/hood
- No sashes
- No loose decorative fabric that could be choking/suffercation hazards, trip hazzard or get cought and cause injury.
"those aimed at very young children with attachments such
as decorative buttons, cords and trimmings that could be
detached and present a choking hazard and clothing that
may present entrapment /strangulation hazards for older
children such as draw strings, cords and sashes"