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SAFETY standards for baby bath aids have been strengthened to ensure the safety of consumers in Australia.

Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack says, “As Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs I know that Australian Consumer safety is paramount.”

“Australians should feel confident when they purchase a product, they know it meets the highest of safety standards and by actively reviewing these standards this Government is doing just that.

“As a father of three I know that bathing a newborn can be a stressful and at times a tricky process. By ensuring labels on these aids are tested for permanency and warnings stand out, we are alerting new parents or carers of these babies to the risks associated with using these types of product.

“That is why the review of the Product Safety Standard for baby bath aids is so important; new mums and dads and those who assist in the care of babies should be able to use these products with confidence.”

Baby bath aids which are designed to support a baby while being bathed require a prominent and permanent warning on the item to warn carers and parents of the high risk of drowning unless used under direct physical supervision.

“The new standard updates the existing requirement by introducing a test for permanency, so warning and advice labels cannot be removed, are permanently affixed, are more durable as well as being clear and easily read,” Mr McCormack said.

“The safety of Australian consumers and their families is paramount and by actively reviewing Product Safety Standards of everyday consumer goods, the Coalition Government is keeping Australian consumers and their families safe.”

The ACCC are warning peopleĀ of the increased risk of drowning using baby float rings. Read more on that HERE.

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  • Many shampoos even those marked soap free have chemicals in them and are not as safe as they are advertised as being. It isn’t only equipment that we need to be vigilant about.

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  • This should have always been the case, but glad something is being done to strengthen standards.

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  • This is also important because a lot of people hand things down to others – the warnings need to still be legible.


    • Such a good point about second hand and passed down items.

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  • Good – there should indeed be tougher standards on baby bath products and on all baby products.

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  • Important indeed.

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  • I am pleased that there will be some regulations regarding bath products in the future.

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  • It doesn’t say much about the population that there needs to be reminders on bath aid to always surpervise infants.

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