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Dubai issues new health & safety norms for textiles
Jul '12
The Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) has announced a new set of public health and safety related requirements and specifications, which would be applicable to all textiles, including home textiles, garments and accessories.
Head of Consumer Product Laboratory, Amin Ahmad Amin, said the new norms are aimed at ensuring that the textile items do not contain any substances that pose health risks like skin diseases and sores.
In order to check whether the new specifications are being met, DCL has facilities where it can assess the steadfastness of colours and tints used in textile products and also whether factors like sweating and exposure to sunlight or washing would damage the fabric, as this too falls within the purview of risk to human health and environment, Mr. Amin said.
The laboratory would also carry out other tests for assessing the fabric quality, presence of allergenic formaldehyde compounds, concentration of heavy toxic elements, remains of pesticides and harmful hazardous amines and examination of the pH-value of the fabric, which can cause skin allergies.
Besides testing, DCL would also provide consultation facilities, Mr. Amin said.
DCL Director, Hawa Abdullah Bastaki said issuance of the new set of requirements and specifications by DCL is a step towards achieving Dubai’s strategic vision to become a Green City.
The new rules have been devised after a thorough analysis of UAE’s environmental conditions and an in-depth study of the world’s best practices, he added.
Mr. Bastaki invited all Government agencies and private entities to collaborate with DCL, so as to gain from its expertise, technical compatibility and consultation facilities to be able to match the specifications and clear tests and inspections.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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