Protecting their youngest consumers and end-users, Australia and New Zealand have published major updates to their joint toy safety standards.
On 30 June 2016, Joint Standard Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee CS-018 Safety of Children’s Toys, published AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 and AS/NZS 8124.2:2016 to supersede AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009 respectively .
Newly updated, the 2016 version of AS/NZS 8124, is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-1:2014. In addition, it has been tailored for the Australian and New Zealand markets, as specified in Appendix ZZ. The standard now includes:
- “Fibrous filling material” as a small part exemption
- A figure to illustrate single ventilation area
- Criteria for kinetic energy (KE) requirements per area of contact in form of arrow
- Adjusted tolerance for the cylindrical gauge for measurement of projectile tips
- Amended rationale for small parts and suction cups
The major changes, between AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 include a newly added “template B” for the assessment of toys, or components of toys, with nearly spherical, hemispherical, circular flared, or dome-shaped ends of toys as well as toy fastener. This is now aligned with ASTM F963-11. This impacts projectile toys in a number of ways:
- Exemptions for projectiles with a maximum range of less than 300mm
- Tip radius shall be assessed by cylindrical gauge
- New wall impact test
- Mouth-actuated projectile toys shall not permit the intended projectile to pass through the mouthpiece
- Rotors and propellers powered by electrical energy, spring or inertial energy, and that can take off into free flight, shall be designed to minimize the potential of injury from rotating blades
This standard is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-2:2014. In comparison to AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009, the major changes are:
- Amended definitions for “hair”, “flammable gas”, “liquid” and “highly flammable liquid”
- Additional definitions for “extremely flammable liquid”, “chemical toy”, “materials with similar features” and “moulded head masks"
- Introduction of upper height limitation for the application of the test flame added to the test method for soft-filled toys
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 These are voluntary standards. For regulated requirement, please refer to Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)