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Update on USCG Approval Program Initiatives Brandi Baldwin U. S. Coast Guard (CG-5214) Lifesaving & Fire Safety Division Type. [email protected] mil
Topics… Resolution 2009 -83 -1 (Spring 2009) • Laboratory Recognition • Quality Assurance/Follow-Up • Harmonized North American Standard Youth Inflatables • Final Rule • What happens now?
Laboratory Recognition Approval testing and Follow-Up for PFDs must be conducted by an independent laboratory recognized by the Coast Guard “Provide more flexibility” in the laboratory recognition process
Laboratory Recognition (cont’d) Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL-RTP) IMANNA Laboratories, Rockledge FL • February 2011 – Recreational (inherent) & PFD components • December 2011 – Commercial/SOLAS (inherent) • March 2012 – Throwables FORCE Certification, Brøndby • August 2011 – Commercial/SOLAS & PFD components More to come ? ? ? • What can the market bear? • Standards transition Denmark
Quality Assurance/Follow-Up Regulatory • • Basis: Examinations, Inspections, and Tests Required for listing/labeling By a recognized laboratory As accepted by the Commandant. Consensus standard • Industry ownership • Follow-on from the PFDMA Work Group to revise the UL FUS Program
Quality Assurance/Follow-Up (cont’d) “Quality-Based” • • approach “Superior, ” “Good, “ or “Minimal/Unrated” History of compliance Third-Party Accreditation System for problem identification and resolution Tiered FUS requirements • Inspection frequency • Inspection lot & test sample size • In-line vs end-of-line-testing
Harmonized North American Standard IHC & RCC Accomplishments PFD Classification PFD Labeling
Harmonized North American Standard IHC & The RCC International Harmonization Committee (IHC) • US, Canada, Mexico • Test Labs, Manufacturers, Regulatory Bodies Harmonized with International (ISO/IEC) standards • ISO 12402 series • “National” deviations US/Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)
Harmonized North American Standard Accomplishments ISO vs UL vs CGSB: Gap Analysis Propose changes to ISO Oct 2010: STP Formally established IHC Preliminary Review • Comments only – Not a vote • Fall 2011: Comment period closed IHC working to resolve comments • Jan 2012: STP meeting • Ongoing teleconferences Recirculate or Ballot
Harmonized North American Standard Classification (USCG) Type Codes (I, III, IV, V) • What do they mean? • Type II vs Type III? Alternative regulatory terminology • “Approved under approval series…” Inspection regulations refer to 21 different approval series for personal LSA • “Life Preserver”, “Buoyant Vest”, “Marine Buoyant Device” • “…of a type approved by the Commandant. ”
Harmonized North American Standard Labeling Reclassification and Labeling Project • Dec 2004: ASE Labels Study Too wordy, Confusing, Not ‘User-Friendly’ Group relevant information (Selection, Use/Care, Certification) Use icons where possible • Overcome by the Consolidated North American Standard development efforts • Looking at ISO Labels
Harmonized North American Standard Labeling Task Group Labels Task Group • More “user-friendly” markings • Multiple languages (English, French, Spanish) • Pictograms Focus Groups – Nov 2011 • Hosted by UL and Boat. US Foundation • Recreational boaters, range of experience • Feedback strongly correlated to 2004 results
Harmonized North American Standard Bottom Line Publish new standard: Summer/Fall 2012? • Eliminate Type Codes • All labels will change ~2 year transition • May see multiple labels on the market • USCG regulatory changes Massive • • public education effort Consistent message RBS pamphlets Multi-media content delivery Funding?
Youth Inflatables Background USCG What Rulemaking happens next?
Youth Inflatable PFDs Background PFD wear rate has been a NBSAC priority for years 0 -12 yrs: Mandatory wear! 13 -15 years: • only inherently buoyant (foam) • not required to be worn 16+ yrs: Inflatable PFDs are an option for users 80+ lbs Close the gap
Youth Inflatable PFDs USCG Rulemaking DFR: • • March 2011(76 FR 17561) Update references to UL standards Eliminate redundancies Remove “Adults only” language Withdrawn Sept 2011 NPRM: September 2011 (76 FR 60405) • 187 comments Final Rule: April 2012 (77 FR 19937) • Effective Date: May 3, 2012
Youth Inflatable PFDs What Happens Next? Non-Substantive!! • Does NOT approve youth inflatable PFDs • Removes barrier to standards development ANSI standard • Revision to UL 1180 • Adoption of the ISO 12402 series Follow-on rulemaking • Any new standard MUST be incorporated into the CFR before the USCG can approve inflatable PFDs for users under 16 years old.
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