14 October 2015
The BRegs Blog is hugely supportive of access to open source information and never more so than when this relates to the health and safety of the public. The BRegs Blog has always seen a centralised Building Control Authority, similar to the HSA, as a key feature of any efficient and economic form of Building Control where a repository of shared experiential knowledge can be built up and disseminated easily. SI.9 has not had much success in that regard except for one element in its composition and that is the Building Control Management System (BCMS). Parts of the BCMS have shown the advantages of a centralised facility for issuing information and alerts to the construction industry.
The BRegs Blog has reproduced below a RAPEX safety warning issued by the BCMS on 13th October 2015 in relation to faulty carbon monoxide detectors. RAPEX is established as the EU rapid alert system that facilitates the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission on measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.
RAPEX Notification – Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Your attention is drawn to the recent RAPEX Notification (Ref: A12/1069/15) from the European Commission in connection with the recall of a carbon monoxide alarm that was manufactured in China and imported into the Member States of the European Union, including Ireland. The details are as follows:
Brand: König Electronic
Name: Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Type/number of model: SEC-CA10
Batch number/Barcode: 5412810111886 / 1305150600
Description: Carbon monoxide detector in blister package
Country of origin: China
The alarm does not respond to high concentrations of carbon monoxide and does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 50291-1:2010 Electrical apparatus for the detection of carbon monoxide in domestic premises – Part 1: Test methods and performance requirements.
A copy of the RAPEX Notification is available on the European Commission’s website athttp://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/alerts/main/index.cfm?event=main.notification&s earch_term=A12/1069/15&exclude_search_term=0&search_year=2015.
When installed in dwellings, section 22.214.171.124 of Technical Guidance Document J – Heat Producing Appliances (2014) provides that carbon monoxide alarms should:
(a) comply with I.S. EN 50291-1:2010/A1:2012;
(b) incorporate a visual and audible indicator to alert users when the working life of the alarm is due to pass; and
(c) have third party certification confirming compliance with the standard.
This alarm does not meet the requirements set out in the Building Regulations (Part J Amendment) Regulations 2014 which came into effect on 1 September 2014. In the event that this product has been installed in a dwelling in contravention of Part J of the Building Regulations, you are advised to remove this product from the dwelling at the earliest opportunity and to notify your local building control authority that corrective action has been taken.
The BRegs Blog, along with the entire construction industry, is acutely aware of the challenges that are currently being faced in relation to fire safety issues in the sector and the tragic loss of life that occurred last weekend in Dublin as a result of fire – although the exact cause of the fire at Carrickmines is not known at this stage. It is possible to express condolences online (Link here:)
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