Re: Safety info to comply with EU directives

Subject: Re: Safety info to comply with EU directives
From: Rainer Preiss <rainer -dot- preiss -at- gmx -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:41:17 +0200

Hello Laurie,

according to IEC (DIN EN) 82079-1:2012 (Preparation of instructions for use - Structuring, content and presentation - Part 1: General principles and detailed requirements), a minimum size of 6 pt is possible, but it is recommended to use 9 pt (see old standard IEC 62079).

The warning symbols _have_ to be included (and explained) in the instructions.

Usually, european instructions are very often designed according to ANSI Z535.6 + specific national/european standards. B/W will be ok.

This task depends from the potential risks of the described product. A DVD player will not kill the customer, some other products may be harmful.

Rainer

(Sorry for my not-so-good english)



Hello all

A client has learned that new EU directives (Council Directive 2014/35/EU,
Low Voltage Directive, Article 6.7) require a hardcopy of safety
instructions must accompany the product (instead of online as with the user
manuals). They have compiled the various safety cautions/warnings etc. for
all their products and have asked me to edit and format into a booklet that
will include 12 languages (like the booklets that accompany the DVD players
etc that we immediately throw into the recycle bin).

This is not a typical project for us, so I'm looking for any formatting
requirements. So far the only "guidance" I can find says "It is for the
manufacturer to determine the relevant information which should be included
in the instructions and safety information for a particular product." Sounds
pretty wide open.

Does anyone have any experience/guidance re formatting requirements for this
type of document? For example, the client asked if there was a legal minimum
font size, and also if the typical symbols (caution/warning/risk group etc.)
must be included. Or is it really wide-open to whatever we want to present?

Thanks,

Laurie


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