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Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Corded

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Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Corded

    Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard

    Corded Internal Window

    1 Coverings) Regulations 2010Select Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 212 I, QUENTIN BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Trade

    Practices Act 1974.

    Dated 8 July 2010

    QUENTIN BRYCE

    Governor-General

    By Her Excellency’s Command

    CRAIG EMERSON

    Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

    1012265A-100618Z.doc

Contents

    Page

    Contents

     1 Name of Regulations 2

     2 Commencement 2

     3 Purpose 2

     4 Application 2

     5 Definitions 3

     6 Standard corded internal window covering 3

     7 Standard warning on retail package 4

     8 Standard warning on cord 4

     9 Standard installation instructions 4

1 Name of Regulations

     These Regulations are the Trade Practices (Consumer Product

    Safety Standard Corded Internal Window Coverings)

    Regulations 2010.

    2 Commencement

     These Regulations commence on the day after they are

    registered.

    3 Purpose

     For subsection 65C (2) of the Trade Practices Act 1974, these

    Regulations prescribe a consumer product safety standard for

    corded internal window coverings. 4 Application

     These Regulations apply to corded internal window coverings

    supplied after 30 December 2010.

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    Regulation 6

5 Definitions

     In these Regulations:

    cleat means a device that has a bar with arms around which a

    cord can be wound, and that can be attached to a wall or other

    structure.

    cord means a rope, strap, string, chain, line or wire used to

    manipulate a corded internal window covering.

    corded internal window covering means:

     (a) a window covering, such as a curtain or blind; or

     (b) fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse

    rod or track;

    that can be used inside a building and has a cord.

    cord guide means a device designed to retract, tension or

    secure a cord.

    retail packaging means the packaging in which a corded

    internal window covering is supplied when it is offered for

    retail sale.

    6 Standard corded internal window covering

     (1) The supply of a corded internal window covering must be

    accompanied by:

     (a) if the window covering is in retail packaging a warning

    label on the retail packaging; and

     (b) a warning label or swing tag attached to the cord; and

     (c) installation instructions containing the information

    mentioned in regulation 9; and

     (d) any components specified in the installation instructions as

    necessary for cord safety requirements.

     (2) If a cord guide is supplied with a corded internal window

    covering, the cord guide must be designed:

     (a) to remain firmly attached to a wall or other structure

    specified in the installation instructions when subjected to

    a tension force of 70 N applied in any direction for

    10 seconds; and

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Regulation 7

     (b) to prevent the possibility of a cord forming a loop 220 mm

    or longer at a height of less than 1 600 mm above floor

    level.

    7 Standard warning on retail package

     (1) The warning label mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (a) must

    contain the words: WARNING: CURTAIN AND BLIND

    CORDS HAVE CAUSED THE DEATH OF YOUNG

    CHILDREN AND MUST BE INSTALLED SO THAT THEY

    ARE NOT A STRANGULATION HAZARD. FOLLOW THE

    INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.

     (2) The words specified in subregulation (1) must be legible, in red

    upper case letters at least 5 mm high on a white background. 8 Standard warning on cord

     (1) The warning label or swing tag mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (b)

    must contain the words: WARNING: Young children have

    died by wrapping loose curtain and blind cords or chains

    around their necks. Secure cords or chains with cord guides or

    keep them out of reach by winding them around a cleat. Move

    cots and furniture away from window covering cords or chains.

    Do not remove this label.

     (2) The words specified in subregulation (1) must be legible, with

    the word ‘WARNING’ in upper case letters at least 5 mm high

    and the other words in lower case letters at least 1.5 mm high. 9 Standard installation instructions

     The installation instructions mentioned in paragraph 6 (1) (c)

    must include:

     (a) a statement that, to avoid creating a possible strangulation

    hazard for children, the corded internal window covering

    must be installed in such a way that a loose cord cannot

    form a loop 220 mm or longer at a height of less than

    1 600 mm above floor level; and

    Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard 2010, 212 4 Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010

    Regulation 9

     (b) practical suggestions on how to install the corded internal

    window covering to ensure compliance with paragraph (a),

    including:

     (i) a statement that a cord guide may be installed lower

    than 1 600 mm above floor level if the cord is

    sufficiently secured or tensioned to prevent a loop

     mm or longer from being formed; and 220

     (ii) a statement that if a cord guide is installed lower

    than 1 600 mm above floor level it must be designed

    to prevent a child from being able to remove the

    cord; and

     (iii) a statement that if a cleat is used to secure the cord it

    must be at least 1 600 mm above floor level because

    a child is capable of unwinding a cord from a cleat. Note

    1. All legislative instruments and compilations are registered on the Federal

    Register of Legislative Instruments kept under the Legislative

    Instruments Act 2003. See http://www.frli.gov.au.

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