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Proposal for the creation of a new CEN Technical Committee on „Signs for publicity, decoration and general purposes”

Proposal for the creation of a new CEN Technical Committee on „Signs for publicity, decoration and general purposes”

 

Proposal for the creation of a new CEN Technical Committee on „Signs for publicity, decoration and general purposes”

 

The Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) submits to CEN a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee on Signs for publicity, decoration and general purposes

 

Scope: Standardization in the field of Signs.

 

Standardisation of the design requirements, for the manufacture, installation, inspection and maintenance of interior and exterior signs. Applicable to illuminated and non-illuminated, fixed or portable signs and to advertising or decorative devices using the same techniques. Also applicable to interior or exterior, permanent, illuminated or non-illuminated sign elements.

 

The Electrical requirements and specifications are excluded from the scope of this proposed New Field of Technical activity, respectively New CEN TC.

 

The scope of this proposed New Field of Technical activity, respectively New CEN TC, also excludes the execution procedure requirements for the fabrication using metallic materials.

 

The scope of this proposed Technical Committee does not include the requirements for road-traffic (dealt by CEN/TC 226), safety, fire and emergency signs, as well as utility signs for railways and airfields.

 

Signs exist in a variety of types, sizes and configurations. Ranging from small self-contained units that are classified as products, to large rooftop structures and lettering or logos attached to buildings and assembled on site. They include individual letters fixed to buildings, and freestanding pole and totem signs of various heights. This diversity has led to some confusion amongst stakeholders

 

The diverse nature of signs (for example the aesthetic, corporate or locality aspects) prevents limitations on many aspects of design placing them outside the scope of standardisation.

 

Currently no single place for sign designer, manufacturer, installer, insurer or user is available to reference to requirements for safe sign design, manufacture, installation, inspection and maintenance of signs.

 

Sign users (both Large Enterprises and SMEs) will have a reference to ensure they have safe signage and know how to use and maintain it.

 

The protection and welfare of the public will be enhanced by a reduction in incidents resulting from inadequate design, manufacturing, installation, or maintenance of signs.

 

Environmental aspects taken into account in so far that long lasting, optimized designs are used preferentially, and recycled at every opportunity.

 

Ensure free movement of services (maintenance, for example), products (signs and associated equipment) and people (manufacturers and installers). Interoperability will be promoted by the provision of traceable paperwork associated with sign installations.

 

The improvement of health and safety is achievable by a likely reduction in incidents. It should be taken into account that the majority of signs are installed above ground, meaning are characterized by an elevated potential energy. Thus the public in crowded town centers and shopping malls needs to be protected by proper installation.

 

The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of CEN technical activity by 20 of Jun 2020 to senior expert Tsvetelin Zahariev, e-mail: tsvetelin.zahariev@bds-bg.org , tel: +359 2 81 74 513.

 

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30 Apr 2020