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.