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ACCC Issues Industry Code for Button Battery

October 11, 2016

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued the Industry Code for Consumer Goods that Contain Button Batteries aiming, to help businesses to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from children swallowing button batteries.

The code provides the following:

  • Designs on consumer goods to ensure they are manufactured such that the batteries are not accessible to young children
  • A battery compartment (or other enclosure) that is secured (preferably with a captive screw, a bolt or mechanism) such that it requires a tool to gain access to the batteries
  • A battery compartment that requires two or more independent and simultaneous actions to remove its cover

The code is released on September 19, 2016.