Blinds, curtains and window fittings

This mandatory standard applies to internal blinds, curtains and some window fittings (corded internal window coverings) supplied after 30 December 2010.

About curtains, blinds and window fittings

Corded internal window coverings are window coverings that can be used inside a building and are either:

  • window coverings, such as curtains or blinds with a cord
  • fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track.

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the labelling of the product and packaging.

The mandatory standard that deals with the installation services of window coverings was created on 28 March 2014 and came into effect on 1 January 2015.

Mandatory standard

The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010 sets out the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings.

The mandatory standard applies to all corded internal window coverings supplied from 30 December 2010.

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings installation services, it is recommended that you read the Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014. The information in this standard is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this mandatory standard from 1 January 2015.

Key requirements

These 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.

Installation

The corded internal window covering must be installed in a way that ensures a loose cord cannot form a loop 220 mm or longer at or less than 1,600 mm above floor level.

The corded internal window covering must be also be installed in accordance with the installation instructions on any retail packaging for the covering

A cleat used to secure a cord must be installed at least 1,600 mm above floor level.

Labelling

A person installing a corded internal window covering must attach a label to it containing the name and contact details of the person or company responsible for the installation and must not remove any warning label or swing tag supplied with the corded internal window covering.

Corded internal window coverings - Installation guide

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