AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 & AS/NZS 8124.2:2016 Published: an Overview of Major Changes
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 135/16
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. (1)
An overview of major changes is highlighted below:
It is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-1:2014, and has been varied as indicated to take account of Australian / New Zealand markets. The modifications are specified in Appendix ZZ
Newly added “fibrous filling material” as small part exemption
Newly added a figure to illustrate single ventilation area
Newly added criteria for kinetic energy (K.E.) requirements per area of contact in form of arrow
Adjusted the tolerance of cylindrical gauge for measurement of projectile tips
Amended the rationale for small parts and suction cups
In comparison to AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013, the major changes are:
Newly added “template B” for 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
Employ a new concept of exemption for projectiles whose maximum range is less than 300mm
The tip radius shall be assessed by cylindrical gauge
New test for Wall impact testing
Mouth-actuated projectile toys shall not permit the intended projectile to pass through the mouthpiece
Rotors and propellers that are 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.
a) the design of the rotor or propeller shall prevent access to the blade ends during operation;
b) the blade ends shall be “clutched” or loosely attached to the rotor so that the ends are not directly powered by the rotor drive;
c) rotors or propellers shall be designed so that the leading edges are protected with a resilient material
This standard is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-2:2014.
In comparision to AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009, the major changes are:
Amending the definitions of terms “hair”, “flammable gas”, “liquid” and “highly flammable liquid”.
Added definitions for “extremely flammable liquid”, “chemical toy”, “materials with similar features” and “moulded head masks”.
Upper height limitation for the application of the test flame added to the test method for soft-filled toys
Note (1): These are voluntary standards. For regulated requirement, please refer to Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
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