Standards New Zealand recently published a newly revised and improved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards that aims to further reduce the risk of a child being injured by unsafe toys.
ISO 8124-1:2012 Safety of toys - Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties defines requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age, and sets age limits for various requirements.
ISO 8124-1 is one of a series of Standards published under the generic title, Safety of toys, designed to minimize potential toy hazards arising from their use in intended play modes (normal use), as well as unintended play modes (reasonably foreseeable abuse). Additional standards include:
- ISO 8124-2:2007 Safety of toys - Part 2: Flammability
- ISO 8124-3:2010 Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements
- ISO 8124-4:2010 Swings, slides, and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use