SensorySafe – The Importance of Safety
SpaceKraft is continually striving to develop new products to meet the changing needs of Special Needs users. To achieve this, safety is of paramount importance.
For more than 25 years, SpaceKraft has created and developed a range of exciting and innovative multi-sensory environments and products that deliver proven benefits across all age ranges, and for users across the spectrum from moderate to profound Special Needs.
Safety is Paramount
At the heart of this design process is the importance of safety. At SpaceKraft, we pride ourselves on making sure that all Special Needs users benefit from our wide range of products in a safe and engaging environment, while always under the close supervision of a responsible adult.
Here at SpaceKraft, we are passionate about developing innovative sensory products that provide genuine solutions for users, teachers, parents and carers. We have not just a legal responsibility, but also a moral responsibility, to ensure that all of our products meet – and wherever possible exceed – the minimum required regulatory standards.
Ultimately, our objective is to provide the widest possible range of products to our customers, whatever their needs or requirements. Some of SpaceKraft’s products are manufactured by us at our head office in Shipley, West Yorkshire, whilst others are diligently sourced from manufacturers around the world. But our responsibility for, and focus on, safety applies equally to those products we manufacture ourselves, as well as those we source from third party suppliers.
Adherence to safety standards
All of SpaceKraft’s products are tested to rigorous safety standards. These include the exacting EN71 Toy Safety standards (parts 1, 2 and 3), in addition to the stringent requirements of the Conformité Européenne (CE or European Conformity) directives.
While we make every effort to ensure that all SpaceKraft products are safe, we are keen to extend this further by promoting the use of sensory products under our SensorySafe initiative. In particular, we recommend that all of our products should always be used under the supervision of a professional or responsible adult at all times.
SpaceKraft’s safety commitments
SpaceKraft’s commitment to you, our customers, is that:
- We guarantee that all products in our catalogues have been rigorously tested and assessed to ensure that they are safe, robust and suitable for the Special Needs market.
- We have a system in place to manage product compliance on an ongoing basis to ensure that SpaceKraft’s products will continue to comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements.
- We understand that every user of our products has different needs. What may be suitable for one user, may not necessarily be best suited to another.
- Wherever possible, we will always provide information and instruction manuals to you, our customers, in order to give the best possible advice regarding the safe use of our products.
We need your help too!
To promote this further, we would ask you to support us by:
- Making sure that you understand the specific needs and requirements of each of the children or adults that you are caring for.
- Taking into account the vulnerabilities and safety risk factors of each user.
- Ensuring that responsible adult supervision is provided at all times while using our products.
With your help, we will be able to achieve SpaceKraft’s primary objective: to make using our extensive range of sensory products an interactive, stimulating, enjoyable, rewarding, educational – and above all, a safe – experience!
In line with SpaceKraft’s continual efforts to improve, we have put together some simple safety guidelines. The guidelines provide a few helpful hints which are important to remember when using any SpaceKraft product or piece of equipment.
Our aim is simple: to provide the maximum benefit to all users, as safely and securely as possible.
All SpaceKraft equipment has been designed to provide the best possible solutions for parents, carers and teachers. However, since every user’s needs are different, it is vital to consider the appropriateness of each product to each user.
We recommend that you seek advice and guidance from an appropriate professional if you are in any doubt as to the suitability of any SpaceKraft product to any particular user.
It is also very important to read and fully understand all information and instruction manuals that are provided with each piece of equipment supplied by SpaceKraft. If you have mislaid any of these documents or information, please contact us and we will be happy to provide replacements.
Bubble Tubes, Fibre Optics and Projectors are just a few of the items that help create an exciting multi-sensory environment. However, again, it is important to stress that they should always be used under the supervision of a professional and responsible adult.
Don’t forget to check all products regularly
If you look after and maintain your SpaceKraft products and equipment correctly, they should provide you with years of reliable service. But you should always take basic precautions such as visually checking every product and piece of equipment prior to each use.
If you do experience any problems with a SpaceKraft product or piece of equipment, do not take it apart or attempt to repair it. Instead, get in touch with SpaceKraft for further guidance.
It goes without saying that users should never be left alone and unsupervised with any piece of SpaceKraft equipment. In addition, only use a piece of equipment for as long as is appropriate for each user.
Before cleaning a SpaceKraft electrical product, please ensure that the product is unplugged from the electrical outlet. Never remove the plug from the socket by pulling the cord.
SpaceKraft is continually striving to develop new products to meet the changing needs of Special Needs users. This can only be done when safety is of paramount importance.
Learning and development can only be achieved in a calm, reassuring and above all, safe environment. So please always follow the simple tips outlined above to get the most from every item of equipment purchased from SpaceKraft.
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