Spinner Safety and Labeling Under Investigation

Author: Paul Bergman -Highcaliber   Date Posted:29 June 2017 

Since our last EDM the availability of these popular spinners has been increasing almost daily.  You can find them everywhere including service stations and corner stores. With the market getting over saturated parents have started to raise concerns which have now attracted the attention of Consumer Protection and the ACCC.


There are investigations underway to ensure that spinner models being sold are not only safe, but also compliant in their labelling requirements. There was an article in the Western Australian where the acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection stated “Throughout the assessment process, Consumer Protection will be working closely with the ACCC and other product safety regulators to ensure a consistent national approach to this issue.”  You can read the entire article by clicking here.

While there are many different models and styles available, we have found that more than 75% of the models on the market contain small parts that present a possible choking hazard.  AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2016 is a standard that covers choking hazards in toys and AZ/NZS ISO 8124.3:2012 / AS 8124.7:2013 addresses the migration of certain elements like lead and other heavy metals that can be poisonous. Both of these standards need to be adhered to when launching a product that has play value and appeals to children.  Choosing to work with a supplier that has not properly addressed these standards could potentially put you AND your client into a PR nightmare.

As a distributor and on-seller you have a choice on where you purchase the merchandise you sell. Exercise your right to choose and challenge your supply chain!  Protect your company and your client's business by choosing to work with suppliers who are not only adhering to the necessary standards but also have the documentation to back it up!

What makes our spinners different?  Instead of focusing on price, our Product Development and International Compliance teams have been hard at work making sure our spinners ticked all the Safety & Compliance requirements. We have:
 

- Age Graded our Fiddle Spinners (Ages 5 and up)

- Provided a Choking Hazard Warning AND the Age Grade on the Box

-Tested the Fiddle Spinners to EN71 Standards (which are more rigorous than current AUS/NZ standards) and cross checked the standards to ensure the results complied to AUS/NZ Standards

We are happy to discuss any of this information if you or your clients have questions or concerns.  Additionally we are happy to supply testing documentation backing up everything we have stated above.

What makes our spinners different?  Instead of focusing on price, our Product Development and International Compliance teams have been hard at work making sure our spinners ticked all the Safety & Compliance requirements. We have:
 

- Age Graded our Fiddle Spinners (Ages 5 and up)

- Provided a Choking Hazard Warning AND the Age Grade on the Box

-Tested the Fiddle Spinners to EN71 Standards (which are more rigorous than current AUS/NZ standards) and cross checked the standards to ensure the results complied to AUS/NZ Standards


We are happy to discuss any of this information if you or your clients have questions or concerns.  Additionally we are happy to supply testing documentation backing up everything we have stated above.

 


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