Safety and Quality of Swimming Goggles in the UK

All goggles sold in the UK need to meet rigid specifications on safety and quality.  Goggles sold in the UK need to meet the BS 5883:1996 British Standards. This code is printed or embossed onto all goggles, normally on the inside of the strap. The BS 5883:1996 is a ten page document that can be purchased and outlines the requirements that manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers need to adhere to.  The Specification details safety requirements, markings and instructions.  It outlines methods of test and general advice on the use of swimming goggles as well as fitting.

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