The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently updated the mandatory standard for baby bath aids, namely Consumer Goods (Baby Bath Aids) Safety Standard 20171, which is based on certain sections of the voluntary American standard ASTM F1967‑133 on safety specification for infant bath seat. The new mandatory standard revokes the current version2, and will apply from 27 October 2018. Until then, suppliers can either comply with requirements published in the current or new standard.
The new mandatory standard requires that a baby bath aid and its packaging to have a clear and visible safety warning statement in a conspicuous place as follows:
The letters, triangles and exclamation marks must be in a colour that contrasts with the background of the warning statement to allow for the warning statement to be easily read;
The warning provided on the baby bath aid must be permanent and legible when tested in accordance to clause 7.3 mentioned in the ASTM F1967-13 with variations; and
Packaging must display the warning statement which is legible, unless the packaging is colourless and transparent.
The warning statement must include:
The word “WARNING” must be in upper case letters and at least 10 mm high;
The words “DROWNED, NOT, ALWAYS AND NEVER” must be in upper case letters and at least 5 mm high; and
The letters in lower case must be at least 2.5 mm high.
In addition, two safety alert symbols must be located to the left and right of the words of the warning notice. The triangles must:
have a base of at least 30 mm; and
have an exclamation mark inside it that are at least 13 mm high.