The mandatory standard applies to bean bags and bean bag covers that have openings through which the filling can be accessed or can escape, and prescribes a labelling requirement for packages containing bean bag filling.
After a review by the ACCC, a revised standard was published in November 2014. An amendment in 2015 adjusted the transition arrangements so that suppliers can comply with the new standard immediately but must not supply products under the old standard after 30 June 2016.
Under the mandatory standard, a bean bag is a material sack (with or without a liner) encasing a large quantity of polystyrene foam beads. A bean bag is usually a classic pyramid-shaped sack used for seating but there are now many more variations on shape and size. The mandatory standard onlyapplies to bean bags and bean bag liners that have openings through which the filling can be accessed; items that do not have any openings through which filling can escape or be accessed are not covered by this mandatory standard.
The following other items will ONLY be covered by the mandatory standard if the item has an opening through which the filling can be accessed or can escape:
To allow for a smooth transition to the new standard, from 14 July 2015, suppliers can begin selling goods that comply with the Consumer Goods (Bean Bags) Safety standard 2014, or continue to sell products that comply with Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standards) Regulations 1979 and prepare to comply with the new standard.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying bean bags, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
Below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing bean bags.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the mandatory standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
All openings of a bean bag and bean bag cover from which you can insert or remove filling must be fitted with a child-resistant slide fastener. This is usually a zip with its tag removed, which locks into place to prevent easy opening.
A bean bag must not be supplied with any tag, handle or object (such as a paper clip) that can facilitate movement of the child-resistant fastener.
Only slide-fasteners that provide direct access to bean bag filling must be child resistant.