Australia Amends Safety Standard for Projectile Toys
On 29 July 2021, the mandatory standard Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 was amended by Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Amendment Safety Standard 2021. This amendment references the updated voluntary Australian and International standards. It also extends the transitional period in the safety standard from 12 to 24 months.
According to the amended mandatory standard, a projectile toy must comply with the relevant sections in one of the following four standards:
- Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 8124.1:2019 - Safety of Toys - Part 1: Safety Aspects Related to Mechanical and Physical Properties (including amendments 1 and 2)
- European Standard EN 71-1:2014 + A1:2018 Safety of Toys - Part 1: Mechanical and Physical Properties
- International Standard ISO 8124.1:2018 Safety of Toys - Part 1: Safety Aspects Related to Mechanical and Physical Properties (including amendments 1 and 2)
- American Society for Testing and Materials Standard ASTM F963-17 Standard Consumer Safety Application for Toy Safety
These standards prescribe requirements for the design and construction of a projectile toy, including:
- The maximum force a projectile can be launched
- Protective measures for projectiles that present a skin puncture hazard
- The size of projectiles
- Features to prevent improvised projectiles from being launched in a hazardous manner
If a projectile toy satisfies all of the follow:
- it might reasonably be possible to aim the projectile toy at the eyes or face;
- the projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile more than 300 millimeters;
- the projectile toy is capable of launching a projectile with a kinetic energy greater than 0.08J
The packaging or instructions accompanying the projectile toy must include a statement to the following effect:
WARNING: Do not aim at eyes or face
The update includes but not limited to:
- Incorporate amendments 1 and 2 update of Australian/New Zealand Standard and International Standard, including an update to the tension test applied to projectile toys, and updates to the requirements for rotors and propellers on projectile toys to minimize the potential for injury.
- Amend the scope of projectile toys that require the warning statement
- Extends the transition period until 11 June 2022 to assist with the changeover to the new mandatory standard:
|COMPLIANCE DATE||ACTION REQUIRED|
|Up to 11 June 2022||Suppliers have the option to comply with the requirements from either the Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 or Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010 (Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children's Projectile Toys)|
|From 12 June 2022||Suppliers must only comply with the requirements in the Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020|
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