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A treadmill is a piece of exercising equipment that consists of a conveyor belt rotated either manually or by a motor. The user will normally walk, jog or run on this device.

The most significant risk associated with the use of treadmills is friction burns, especially to young children playing on or near a treadmill. The results of these injuries can range from minor burns to serious burns requiring skin grafts and potential permanent loss of the use of hands or fingers.

To minimse the risk of injury there is a mandatory standard for this product.

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

The mandatory standard for treadmills came in to effect on 6 June 2009. It covers labelling requirements.


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There are various tips to consider when buying and using treadmills. Follow these tips to keep yourself and your children safe.

Injury case studies

Date commenced: 3rd February 2010
Reported injuries on treadmills include friction burns, deep partial-thickness burns and loss of the normal function of hands and fingers.


  • A number of Australian children have suffered serious injuries after coming into contact with the moving belt of a treadmill.

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