WCMA Announces Comprehensive Revision of Window Coverings Safety Standard

Oct 28, 2010, 17:15 ET from Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA)

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with National Window Covering Safety Month, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced today that it has opened the revision process for ANSI/WCMA A100.1; 2nd Provisional American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products.

WCMA is committed to minimizing, in this comprehensive revision, the risks associated with free hanging operating cords, continuous loops, and bead chains in all window covering products.  WCMA furthermore is committed to delivering a draft standard for ANSI canvass ballot by the end of National Window Covering Safety Month in October 2011, if not sooner.

To expedite the development of this next revision, WCMA has established six working groups within its Technical Committee. These working groups will focus on six specific areas: test for cord accessibility, test for the prevention of hazardous loops, wide operating cords, continuous loop and bead chain products, operating cords, and labels and warnings. To help ensure that each working group is progressing in a coordinated fashion, a WCMA standards steering committee has been formed to lead the overall effort.

As always, WCMA will be working closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada (HC), European Union (EU), and consumer safety advocates throughout the revision process.

"This is an important step to reduce the hazards associated with window coverings," said Ralph Vasami, executive director of WCMA.

Contact: Todd Costello

Window Covering Manufacturers Association

Tel: (212) 297-2109

SOURCE Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA)