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Australia Revises Children’s Nightwear Safety Standard

Photo: Children’s nightwear
Photo: Children’s nightwear

In April 2017, the Minister for Small Business of Australia has updated the safety standard for children’s nightwear – Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017 and announced the adoption of the revision of Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014.

The revised safety standard [1] is made under section 105 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), and has become effective immediately and repealed the previous safety standard, the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standards) (Children's Nightwear and Paper Patterns for Children's Nightwear) Regulations 2007 (Federal Register of Regulation No. F2007L00215).

The revised safety standard is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 – Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard. Children’s nightwear that meets the requirements of AS/NZS 1249:2014 can be sold in Australia immediately. Products that meet the requirements of the previous safety standard can be sold until 31 December 2019. This brings Australia in line with New Zealand [2] which has fully adopted the same standard version.

Transitional arrangements

Up to 31 December 2019, suppliers may comply with requirements from either:

  • Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standards) (Children’s Nightwear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Regulations 2007 or
  • Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017

From 1 January 2020 suppliers must comply with:

  • Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017

The joint Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 applies to nightwear or limited daywear, other than second‑hand nightwear and second‑hand limited daywear. It specifies design, flammability performance and labelling requirements for four categories of children’s nightwear garments; together with some daywear/underwear items that may be commonly used as nightwear (e.g. boxer shorts and size 00-2 knitted all-in-ones with pile or nap).

Picture: Cautionary labels
Picture: Cautionary labels

All children’s nightwear in Australia must carry a fire danger label that depends on four different categories set out in the standard. The categories are based on a garment’s design, type of fabric and the burn test results.

Category 1 – Garments made from fabrics with low flame propagation properties
Category 2 – Garments which are designed to reduce fire hazard
Category 3 – Predominantly knitted all-in-one garments in sizes 00-2
Category 4 – Garments with higher flammability risks which do not comply with categories 1 to 3

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers must comply with this mandatory standard. The standard applies to nightwear from size 00 up to 14. Children’s nightwear that falls into Category 1 to 3 must carry a new cautionary white label that includes the flame symbol. Category 4 garments must carry a red “High Fire Danger” label. Garments that do not meet the requirements of any of the categories are considered to have a very high flammability rating and are therefore unacceptable for use as nightwear.

For further information related to those significant changes in the 2014 version, please refer to our Safeguards No. 099/15 [3].

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