The ACCC have issued a media release advising households of the dangers of button batteries, following the tragic death of yet another child in late July.

The ACCC advises consumers that there are a number of ways to prevent this from happening including:

  • Check before you buy
  • Secure button batteries
  • Store them out of reach of children
  • Safely dispose of them immediately
  • Know what to do in an emergency
  • Make others aware of the risk

For the full media release click here.

Advice for retailers

We remind all retailers that the requirements in AS/NZS62115:2018 for button batteries which includes security of the battery compartment, a warning message on the packaging and additional information in instructions should be treated as mandatory.

Tips to improving button battery safety in your products:

  • Ensure you only sell consumer products that come with a secure battery compartment, and have adequate warnings and markings available at POS (or online respectively).
  • Request that supply chain partners either:
    • Avoid use of button batteries as a power source; or
    • The item has a battery compartment that meets high safety requirements, and adequate warnings are provided.
  • Take note of the mandatory safety standard for toys
    • The mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age prescribes requirements for the design and construction of toys for children up to and including 36 months.
    • There are requirements for toys designed for children in this age group to ensure that the battery compartment is secure. The batteries should only be accessible by the use of a tool, or by the simultaneous application of two independent movements.
    • The provision of warnings that the product contains button batteries is currently being considered as part of the review of this standard.

 

Further links:

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/publication/understanding-the-industry-guideline-for-consumer-goods-that-contain-button-batteries

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/publication/industry-code-for-consumer-goods-that-contain-button-batteries


 

For more on the National Retail Association’s work on Product Safety, click here.