Children’s apparel safety
When designing children’s apparel and accessories, it is essential to take into consideration the behaviours of the children, whose need for exploration and challenge drives them to use products in new and different ways.
One common factor children share is that they are unaware of the cause and effect and are therefore substantially less cautious than adults in relation to hazards. Products must therefore be safe for their intended use and foreseeable conditions of misuse.
The National Retail Association Technical Standards Committee created Product Safety Guidelines for Children’s Apparel and Accessories in 2015.
The Guidelines aim to provide industry guidelines that assist manufacturers, importers, suppliers, retailers and regulators to understand, identify and mitigate critical safety hazards associated with children’s apparel and accessories designed, marketed and intended for children from birth up to and including 14 years of age.
The requirements of this guide specify acceptable criteria and in some cases manufacturing “best practice” for children’s apparel and accessories such as (but not limited to):
- Metal Trims, Buckles, Rivets & Snaps
- Draw Cords and ties
- Appliqué / Badges / Embroidery
- Pom, Poms, Tassels, Fringing, Braids & Plaits
Product Safety Guidelines: Children's Apparel & Accessories (2015)
Industry guide is designed to assist manufacturers, importers, suppliers, retailers and regulators to understand, identify and mitigate critical safety hazards associated with children’s apparel and accessories designed, marketed and intended for children from birth up to and including 14 years of age.
Best Practice Guide: Toppling furniture safety (2016)
In an effort to educate consumers, retailers and manufacturers about the dangers of toppling furniture, and the steps that should be taken to prevent this, the National Retail Association Technical Standards Committee released a Best Practice Guide for Furniture and Television Tip-Over Prevention in 2016.
Submission: Product Safety in Online Marketplaces (2019)
Submission to ACCC & Treasury: Australian consumers are exposed to unacceptable risk as large e-commerce marketplaces and innumerable e-shops have been found to sell products that do not meet Australian safety standards...
Video: conducting product recalls
Provided by GS1 Australia. Hear from key product safety experts involved in the grocery industry about what they see as the important factors in successfully communicating product recalls with the intention of acting as quickly as possible. These industry processes and best practices can be applied across sectors.
The NRA Technical Standards Committee (NRA-TSC) brings together quality assurance and product compliance specialists from multiple retail categories to discuss challenges and solutions in terms of product safety and compliance.
This group provides an opportunity for retailers to:
- Keep up to date with changes in the technical standards applying to your products
- Learn from your peers in other Australian retail chains and stores about problems and solutions
- Contribute to and formulate national policy and standards as a Standards Australia nominating committee
- Engage in the dialogue between the retail sector and government and regulators about the issues concerning your business
- Attend presentations on topical issues from guest speakers from industry, regulators and suppliers
- Network with other product safety professionals and specialists in your field of expertise