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Revised safety standard for the flammability of children's night clothes



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MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS A N D ENVIRONMENT

REVISED SAFETY STANDARD FOR THE FLAMMABILITY OF CHILDREN'S NIGHT

CLOTHES

A revised safety standard to reduce the risk of burns and injuries to children caused by their night clothes catching

fire was announced today by the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, the Hon. Barry Cohen.

Safety standards for these garments were introduced under

the Trade Practices Act in 1978. A revised Australian

Standard 1249-1983 "Children's Night Clothes Having Reduced Fire Hazard" has now been developed by the Standards

Association of Australia in conjunction with Commonwealth, State and Territory authorities, industry and consumer

representatives and the medical profession.

The revised standard prevents the use of certain highly

flammable fabrics as well as incorporating minor amendments which will make it more simple for suppliers of children's

night clothes to comply with the mandatory requirements.

In order to “allow suppliers of children's night clothes to

manufacture as soon as possible to the revised standard, the present and revised safety standards will operate

concurrently until May 1985. From that date all children's

night clothes must meet the requirements of Australian Standard

1249-1983 as declared under the Trade Practices Act.

Mr Cohen added he had taken this action following a

recommendation from the Commonwealth/State Consumer Products ยท

Advisory Committee which had received the support of industry

and consumer associations for the revised safety standards.

Canberra 10 January No j _ of 1984