Wednesday, September 4, 2013
New Lifejacket Classification?
For the last several years, the U.S. Coast Guard has been working to redesign the labeling for personal flotation devices to more effectively convey safety information. The current proposal is to remove type codes, aka Type I, II, II, IV and V, in regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices.
PFD type codes are unique to Coast Guard approval and are not well understood by the public. Removing these type codes from the regulations would facilitate future incorporation by reference of new industry consensus standards for PFD labeling that will more effectively convey safety information and is a step toward harmonization of our regulations with PFD requirements in Canada and in other countries.
If you have an opinion on this, comments are being accepted to the Coast Guard's online docket until Oct. 15.