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SLI 2010 No. 212 Regulations as made
These Regulations prescribe a consumer product safety standard for corded internal window coverings.
Administered by: Treasury
General Comments: Regulation 4A provides that, starting on 31 December 2010 and ending at the end of 30 June 2011, compliance with a State or Territory instrument or provision of an instrument, as listed in the Regulations, is taken to be compliance with regulations 6 to 9 of the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 16
Registered 09 Jul 2010
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR28-Sep-2010
Tabled Senate28-Sep-2010

Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard — Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 20101

Select Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 212

I, QUENTIN BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Dated 8 July 2010

QUENTIN BRYCE

Governor-General

By Her Excellency’s Command

CRAIG EMERSON


Contents

                        1     Name of Regulations                                                        2

                        2     Commencement                                                              2

                        3     Purpose                                                                          2

                        4     Application                                                                      2

                        5     Definitions                                                                       3

                        6     Standard — corded internal window covering                      3

                        7     Standard — warning on retail package                               4

                        8     Standard — warning on cord                                             4

                        9     Standard — installation instructions                                  4

 

 


1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard — Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on the day after they are registered.

3              Purpose

                For subsection 65C (2) of the Trade Practices Act 1974, these Regulations prescribe a consumer product safety standard for corded internal window coverings.

4              Application

                These Regulations apply to corded internal window coverings supplied after 30 December 2010.

5              Definitions

                In these Regulations:

cleat means a device that has a bar with arms around which a cord can be wound, and that can be attached to a wall or other structure.

cord means a rope, strap, string, chain, line or wire used to manipulate a corded internal window covering.

corded internal window covering means:

                (a)    a window covering, such as a curtain or blind; or

               (b)    fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track;

that can be used inside a building and has a cord.

cord guide means a device designed to retract, tension or secure a cord.

retail packaging means the packaging in which a corded internal window covering is supplied when it is offered for retail sale.

6              Standard — corded internal window covering

         (1)   The supply of a corded internal window covering must be accompanied by:

                (a)    if the window covering is in retail packaging — a warning label on the retail packaging; and

               (b)    a warning label or swing tag attached to the cord; and

                (c)    installation instructions containing the information mentioned in regulation 9; and

               (d)    any components specified in the installation instructions as necessary for cord safety requirements.

         (2)   If a cord guide is supplied with a corded internal window covering, the cord guide must be designed:

                (a)    to remain firmly attached to a wall or other structure specified in the installation instructions when subjected to a tension force of 70 N applied in any direction for 10 seconds; and

               (b)    to prevent the possibility of a cord forming a loop 220 mm or longer at a height of less than 1 600 mm above floor level.

7              Standard — warning on retail package

         (1)   The warning label mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (a) must contain the words: ‘WARNING: CURTAIN AND BLIND CORDS HAVE CAUSED THE DEATH OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND MUST BE INSTALLED SO THAT THEY ARE NOT A STRANGULATION HAZARD. FOLLOW THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS’.

         (2)   The words specified in subregulation (1) must be legible, in red upper case letters at least 5 mm high on a white background.

8              Standard — warning on cord

         (1)   The warning label or swing tag mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (b) must contain the words: ‘WARNING: Young children have died by wrapping loose curtain and blind cords or chains around their necks. Secure cords or chains with cord guides or keep them out of reach by winding them around a cleat. Move cots and furniture away from window covering cords or chains. Do not remove this label’.

         (2)   The words specified in subregulation (1) must be legible, with the word ‘WARNING’ in upper case letters at least 5 mm high and the other words in lower case letters at least 1.5 mm high.

9              Standard — installation instructions

                The installation instructions mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (c) must include:

                (a)    a statement that, to avoid creating a possible strangulation hazard for children, the corded internal window covering must be installed in such a way that a loose cord cannot form a loop 220 mm or longer at a height of less than 1 600 mm above floor level; and

               (b)    practical suggestions on how to install the corded internal window covering to ensure compliance with paragraph (a), including:

                          (i)    a statement that a cord guide may be installed lower than 1 600 mm above floor level if the cord is sufficiently secured or tensioned to prevent a loop 220 mm or longer from being formed; and

                         (ii)    a statement that if a cord guide is installed lower than 1 600 mm above floor level it must be designed to prevent a child from being able to remove the cord; and

                         (iii)    a statement that if a cleat is used to secure the cord it must be at least 1 600 mm above floor level because a child is capable of unwinding a cord from a cleat.


Note

1.       All legislative instruments and compilations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments kept under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. See http://www.frli.gov.au.