Welcome to CDG Laboratory, your trusted partner in ensuring the safety and compliance of helmets used for cycling, skateboarding, and roller skating. Our expertise lies in conducting rigorous tests according to the EN 1078 standard, a vital benchmark for helmet safety in recreational activities. In this comprehensive service page, we will delve into the details of EN 1078, its stringent requirements, and how CDG excels in delivering top-notch testing services.
Understanding EN 1078
Overview of EN 1078 Standard
EN 1078 is a European standard that specifies safety requirements and test methods for helmets used in wheeled sports, including cycling, skateboarding, and roller skating. It sets out the criteria to ensure that helmets provide effective protection against head injuries resulting from impacts during these activities.
The standard covers various aspects of helmet design and performance, including impact attenuation, retention system effectiveness, field of vision, and marking requirements. Helmets compliant with EN 1078 are intended to reduce the risk of severe head injuries while maintaining comfort and practicality for users.
Key Requirements of EN 1078
1. Impact Attenuation
One of the primary focuses of EN 1078 is evaluating a helmet’s ability to absorb and dissipate impact energy. The standard prescribes specific testing methods using an instrumented headform and a series of controlled impacts at different velocities and angles. Helmets must meet the prescribed criteria for impact attenuation to ensure effective protection against head injuries.
2. Retention System Effectiveness
The retention system, commonly the helmet’s strap and fastening mechanism, plays a crucial role in ensuring the helmet stays securely on the user’s head during an impact. EN 1078 mandates tests to evaluate the effectiveness of these systems under various conditions, ensuring that the helmet remains in place during real-world scenarios.
3. Field of Vision
Maintaining an adequate field of vision is essential for the safety and practicality of helmets. EN 1078 outlines specific requirements regarding the extent of peripheral and vertical vision that a helmet should allow. This ensures that users can maintain awareness of their surroundings, contributing to overall safety.
4. Marking Requirements
EN 1078 includes strict guidelines for marking helmets to communicate important information to consumers, regulators, and other stakeholders. This includes details such as the manufacturer’s information, size, weight, and the standard’s compliance mark. Clear and accurate markings are crucial for users to make informed decisions and for authorities to verify compliance.
CDG’s Expertise in EN 1078 Testing
State-of-the-Art Testing Facilities
At CDG Laboratory, we pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art testing facilities equipped to conduct comprehensive assessments in accordance with the EN 1078 standard. Our testing equipment is calibrated regularly to ensure accuracy and reliability in evaluating helmets for cycling, skateboarding, and roller skating.
Experienced and Certified Test Engineers
Our team of test engineers comprises highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in helmet testing. They are well-versed in the intricacies of the EN 1078 standard and stay abreast of any updates or amendments. Our engineers are committed to upholding the highest standards of quality and safety in every test conducted.
Tailored Testing Solutions
Understanding that each helmet is unique, we offer tailored testing solutions to accommodate various designs and materials. Whether your helmet features innovative materials or unconventional designs, our testing protocols are adaptable to ensure a thorough evaluation of its compliance with EN 1078.
Navigating the regulatory landscape can be challenging. CDG Laboratory goes beyond testing by providing compliance consultation services. Our experts can guide you through the regulatory requirements associated with EN 1078, offering insights into the necessary steps to ensure your helmets meet the standard and are ready for market.
Quick Turnaround Times
We understand the importance of time-to-market for your products. Our streamlined testing processes, coupled with efficient project management, enable us to provide quick turnaround times without compromising the integrity of the testing procedures.
CDG Laboratory places a strong emphasis on transparency. Our testing reports provide detailed insights into the results of each assessment, making it easy for you to understand the performance of your helmets against the EN 1078 standard. In case of non-compliance, our experts can work with you to identify areas of improvement and guide you through the necessary adjustments.
In the dynamic world of sports and recreational activities, helmet safety is non-negotiable. CDG Laboratory stands as your reliable partner in ensuring that your helmets meet and exceed the requirements set by the EN 1078 standard. With cutting-edge facilities, experienced professionals, and a commitment to excellence, we offer a comprehensive suite of testing services to guarantee the safety and compliance of your products. Partner with CDG Laboratory and let’s make safety a priority in the world of wheeled sports.