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SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 099/15

A new version of the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced flammability was published on 30 June 2014 and will supersede the 2003 version. The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of New Zealand will undertake a review process by releasing a discussion document seeking public comments before bringing the 2014 version into the Product Safety Standards (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulation 2008. The closing date for comments submission is on 12 June 2015.

The joint Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 [1] Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard contains specific design, flammability performance and garment labelling requirements for four Categories of children’s nightwear garments, together with some daywear/ underwear items that may be commonly used as nightwear.

There are a number of significant changes to the new standards. Flammability tests and trim requirements have been rationalized and reduced, a new cautionary label has been introduced, some parts of the 2003 standard have been improved and clarified (and the 2008 New Zealand amendment), and providing users with a more workable document.

Highlights of key changes in AS/NZS 1249:2014:

  • The list of garments the standard applies to has been amended.
  • A new test has been developed and included in Category 1 to test if the fabric melts and drips molten material.
  • The Low Fire Danger label for Categories 1, 2 and 3 has been replaced with a new cautionary label that includes the flame symbol.
  • Several trim types have been deleted from trim requirements.
  • Trim requirements for Categories 1 and 2 are now the same.
  • The garment length and fabric weight limits in Category 4 have been eliminated.
  • All-in-one garments in sizes 00-02 that have no nap or pile and were the subject of Category 3 have been excluded from the Standard.
  • Blankets and towels that incorporate an arm hole or sleeves are now included in the Standard.
  • Labelling requirements apply to online sales, where clear and legible fire hazard information must be provided as part of the online image and product description.

Garments that do not meet the requirements of any of the Categories specified in the Standard are considered to be very highly flammable and therefore do not comply with the Standard. Some daywear garments have been included in the Standard because of the difficulty of distinguishing between daywear and nightwear for these items. Garments complying with the requirements of the Standard may give little or no protection against burns where flammable liquids are involved.

SGS will follow up and inform interested parties on the latest developments once the final outcome of the reviews and comments have been released and of the implementation date.

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Reference: Discussion document

For enquiries, please contact:

Louann Spirito
Director Technical Support, Softlines

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