The mandatory standard for hot water bottles prescribes requirements for the design and construction, performance and labeling.
Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) Hot Water Bottles Regulations 2008 sets out the mandatory requirements for hot water bottles.
These requirements provide an overview of the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Under the mandatory standard hot water bottles manufactured from rubber and PVC must meet performance requirements for:
- structural integrity
- stopper leakage
- strength of seams
- pressure resistance tests.
The mandatory standard requires hot water bottles manufactured from rubber and PVC to provide warnings on bottle and packaging. Some of the warnings include:
- 'Do not use boiling water'.
- 'WARNING - HOT WATER BOTTLES CAN CAUSE BURNS. AVOID PROLONGED DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE SKIN.'
While the mandatory standard includes some features you can visually check, it also specifies testing to ensure hot water bottles meet requirements for design, construction and performance. Suppliers need to organise testing through specialist laboratories.