Treadmills

The ACCC is reviewing the mandatory safety standard for treadmills and is seeking stakeholder feedback.

The review runs from 7 December 2016 to 24 February 2017. To contribute, please visit the review page on the ACCC consultation hub.

A complete list of mandatory standards currently under review is available on the product safety consultation page.

The mandatory standard for treadmills applies to 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 mandatory standard prescribes labelling requirements for treadmills.

 

Hazards

The most significant hazard associated with the use of treadmills is the risk of friction burns, particularly to young children playing on or near a treadmill. Injuries can range from minor to serious burns requiring skin grafts, and may potentially result in permanent loss of the use of hands or fingers.

Mandatory standard

The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Treadmills) Regulations 2009. sets out the mandatory requirements for treadmills

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Key requirements

Key requirements aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Safety markings

Labelling

Treadmills must display a permanent warning label in an obvious location that is visible to the user of the treadmill when it is in use.

The warning label must have the following specific wording:

  • "WARNING: keep young children away from this machine at all times. Contact with the moving surface may result in severe friction burns."
  • The word 'WARNING' must be in bold and uppercase.
  • The uppercase letters must not be less than 5 mm and the lower case letters not less than 2.5 mm in height.
  • This warning label must be separate from any other warning label.

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Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

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