New button/coin battery standards in force 22 June

New Australian regulations around button/coin batteries and consumer goods that contain them come into effect on 22 June 2022.
 
If you sell button batteries or products that contain them, such as key fobs or remotes, make sure any products that aren’t compliant are off your shelves. The penalties for selling non-compliant product can be significant.
 

What locksmiths need to do

While manufacturers, importers and/or distributors are responsible for getting their products tested for compliance, retailers such as locksmiths are responsible for ensuring any products they sell to the public are compliant.
 
The ACCC advises retailers they should:

  • Make sure any products containing button batteries that you order from suppliers are compliant. Check delivered stock.
  • Suppliers should provide information on the compliance status of the products they sell. Keep a record of this information for the products you purchase, in case you need to demonstrate products’ compliance at a later date.
  • Check your older stock for non-compliant products, and make sure you don’t sell these from 22 June 2022.

Major locksmith suppliers in Australia have been working to replace non-compliant products in their catalogues since the new regulations were announced in 2020. They can provide details about the compliance of specific products.
 

The new rules

New product warning label for products containing button batteries.

Consumer goods containing button batteries must:

  • Have a secure battery compartment that is resistant to being opened by young children.
  • Be secure and not release batteries during foreseeable use or misuse.
  • Have undergone certified compliance testing.
  • Carry a warning label on the packaging and in any included instructions (see right).
‘Keep out of reach of children’ label required on lithium button batteries over 20mm.

Button batteries sold separately must:

  • Have child-resistant packaging for all lithium chemistry batteries, and for other chemistry with a diameter 16mm and above.
  • Blister packs of more than 1 battery must be designed to only release one battery at a time.
  • Packaging must have undergone certified compliance testing.
  • Spare batteries supplied with a consumer good must be enclosed in child-resistant packaging.
  • Lithium button batteries of 20mm diameter or above must be marked with the ‘Keep out of reach of children’ symbol (see right).

The ACCC has developed a guide for businesses on the application of the new standards, available at the link below.

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