Australia Introduces New Standard for Swimming and Flotation Aids

Australia has published a new standard for swimming and flotation aids that will replace the existing regulations on December 20, 2019.

Online PR News – 14-February-2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Australia has published a new standard for swimming and flotation aids that will come into effect on December 20, 2019.

Published on December 14, 2017, the new standard, entitled Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 (AS/NZS 1900:2014), will replace the existing standard – Consumer Product Safety Standard for Swimming Aids and Flotation Aids for Water Familiarization and Swimming Tuition (Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2009) (AS 1900:2002).

In comparison to AS 1900:2002, AS/NZS 1900:2014 will:

• Update the referenced documents
• Add clause on strength of fabric
• Update the requirement for threads in load bearing parts so that the use of natural fibers is not allowed
• Reduce the leaking/bursting pressure for inflatable flotation aids from 15 kPa to 10 kPa
• Clarify the strength of sewed seams
• Add force requirement for side release fasteners
• Include a small parts test
• Add requirement to ensure that markings are resistant to chlorinated water and ultraviolet light
• Amend the warnings to be consistent with the text specified in EN 13138, however the lettering size will remain at a minimum of 6 mm (compared with 5 mm in the European Standard)
• Delete cadmium plating as an acceptable coating for metal parts
• Update the body mass to age equivalence shown in tables throughout the standard, AS/NZS 1900:2014, to more closely align with current averages for body mass based on the age of the intended user

The new standard will reduce the risk of children drowning when using swimming and flotation devices. It requires these items to meet specific design and construction requirements, pass safety and performance tests, and to have a safety warning label alerting consumers and users to the hazards of children in water.

Stakeholders should be aware that the new standard will come into effect on December 20, 2019. There is now a period of transition, during which both standards can be applied, though stakeholders are advised to begin transitioning to the new standard to ensure continuous compliance.

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