New Football Safety Standards and Offers from MH Goals
MH Goals Managing Director Mark Harrod is widely known as one of the country’s leading authorities on sport equipment safety, and has now been recognised as an independent expert for the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).
Mark was initially brought in as an industry expert for the BSI in the early nineties when he advised on the first European sports equipment standard EN748. Through a process of rigorous testing, product redesign and consistently pressing the need for change, BS EN 748 was successfully implemented and has been the benchmark for sports equipment safety ever since.
Although this was a breakthrough for equipment safety, BSEN748 didn’t cover smaller sized football goals. In 2004 Mark was again asked to advise on the revision of the PAS standard with a number of football’s governing bodies, including the FA and the Football Foundation. This led to the new BS8462 safety standard, which covered small sided football goals, Mark was also involved in the revision of this standard in 2012 to include the new 9v9 football goals size.
The new Safety Standard change says:
- Reducing the chance of finger entrapment by reducing the width of the moulded net hook channel.
- Reducing the standard net mesh size from 120mm to 100mm to reduce the risk of head entrapment.
- Introducing a new range of medium weight goals that have an overall weight of less than 42kg. This includes for the first time a full sized goal that meets this weight limit.
- Allowing goals to be installed using the Ground Screw system.
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