A Kite or Safety Mark is a stamp or seal of approval that ensures any product is as described and adheres to a predetermined set of safety features, Kite and Safety marks have become common place on a very wide range of goods and covers everything from toys to electrical goods. In fact a lot of manufactured goods cannot be sold unless they have met the rigorous standards set of the legislating government in regards to how these products should perform.
The idea behind the Kite and Safety marks is to ensure that a consumer is protected when using any product with such a mark, for example when a child is playing with a toy that toy when stamped with such a safety mark has gone through rigorous tests to ensure it is free from sharp edges and is not coated in any form of toxic paint or material and does not have any part of it which may be a choking hazard.
Electrical goods also must have a safety mark and this ensures they are correctly earthed where required and do not pose any fire or electrocution risk. There are a lot of different Kite and Safety marks which are legally required to be stamped on goods readily available to consumers and in this article we shall take a look at some of the more common and not so common ones.
When a motor vehicle has been in an accident then when it has been assessed by the insurance company it will be placed in one of several different categories, this will mean that the vehicle has either been written off and as such should then be scrapped or it may have a lower rating placed on it which means it can be repaired, when a car accident repair firm has then carried out the repair the vehicle will then need to be certified as 100% road worthy by being issued with a certificate stating it is now repaired and completely roadworthy.
Fire Extinguishers are also required to be stamped with a safety mark, and these devices also need to be regularly serviced to ensure that should they ever be required to be used they will perform as they should. Only licensed and certified servicing companies can legally carry out such servicing of fire extinguishers and once they have serviced such an item they will sign and approve it for a set period of time in the future.
Glass also needs to hold a kite mark in many countries, obviously there are many different types of glass, and as such there are different kite marks found. In regards to public transport some countries require all glass on that vehicle to be passed and stamped as safe, whilst house hold glass and double glazing also needs to carry a kite mark to ensure it is shatter free and safe to be used in a house.
Motor cycle helmets also need to carry a kite mark, due to them being a life dependent piece of kit these must pass vigorous safety tests to ensure that should a wearer have an accident then these helmets will offer a high level of protection.
Ladders either domestic of business ones also need to be approved and carry a kite mark, gone have the days when anyone could cobble together a ladder, and as such when you are out shopping for ladders you can expect to see and will see that they have been tested and approved for use in both domestic and business premises, should a ladder not bear a kite mark then it should not be purchased as no kite mark means no protection is offered.
Plugs and sockets and any form of electrical goods will also carry a kite mark, obviously there are many different voltages used around the world, however whenever you are purchasing such a product you need to ensure they have been stamped with the recognised kit and safety marks as this adds another level of protection to the end user of that product.
Anyone considering offering a business which provides goods to consumers should investigate which kite and safety marks their products need to have attached to them and ensure they have the testing capability to ensure their products are safe to use. There are lots of different laws and regulations surrounding kite and safety marks and whilst time consuming checking them all out no company or business can overlook them as failure to do so could result in heavy fines or imprisonment.