The new 2014 edition contains a number of significant changes. The flammability tests and trim requirements have been rationalised and reduced and there is a new cautionary label. As well complex parts of the Standard have been improved and clarified to provide users with a more workable document. Modifications have been made also to the flammability test method to identify materials that melt and drip during testing.
Substantial research into the previous standard, flammability of fabrics and consumer understanding of warning labels was conducted after issues relating to compliance and ease-of-use had been raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and industry participants.
The Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 specifies requirements for design, labelling and flammability performance for children’s nightwear garments and daywear/underwear that will be commonly worn at night. Some daywear garments have also been included in the Standard because of the difficulty of distinguishing between daywear and nightwear for these items.
In addition to the requirements of this Standard, suppliers must refer to national consumer regulations in Australia and New Zealand when intending to sell children’s nightwear garments in these countries.
“The revision is an important step in meeting the safety expectations of parents buying nightwear for their children and ensuring the garments sold in Australia and New Zealand has minimal safety risks,” said Standards Australia CEO, Dr Bronwyn Evans.
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