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18th January 2019
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Sanitaryware durability: new test process launched for secure areas
No sanitaryware product should be considered as indestructible. That's a fact and it is true that some sanitaryware products are more robust than others. But how do you know which is the best choice for a particular installation?
In a new initiative The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, in association with the UK Government's Ministry of Justice, leading independent test houses and bathroom product manufacturers, has launched an all-new standard test process for 'The Robustness of Sanitaryware.'
This new testing process - derived from existing standards and regulatory requirements, is designed to demonstrate that the products tested meet the minimum requirements for locations where the sanitaryware suffers such abuse that it could render normal household-grade products irreparably damaged and therefore a danger to human life.
The standardised test procedure is now live and its results allow bathroom buyers, architects and specifiers to compare products to suit their particular projects.
The process outlines, in simple yet specific detail, exactly what has to be executed during testing. Product tests range from simple surface abrasion, through burning with a blow lamp and a lit cigarette, to 'repetitive nuisance loading' and finally total destruction using a minimum 3 kilo sledge hammer.
The process specifies how the test results are reported using the requirements in ISO 17025, so that different products can be compared easily.
The test procedure, requirements and reporting details can be seen and downloaded from the BMA's new website at:
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27th February 2015