​ACCC Teething Jewellery Classification​

06/09/2017
by Robyn..... Beads on Kelly Street

Thing Necklace Safety – Avoid strangulation or choking

Teething necklaces are products designed as jewellery with an additional function of being a teether for young children to chew on during the teething process. It is well known that teething can be a painful process and pressure on the baby’s teeth from chewing may relieve the pain.

Teething necklaces generally consist of silicone or other chewable material beads advertised as jewellery to be worn by mum and suitable for babies to chew on. Teething necklaces can generally be found on-line or at weekend markets.

Hazards

Choking or strangulation

Although a teething necklace is an attractive piece of jewellery for mum to wear it may pose a serious choking hazard or strangulation risk to a toddler.

Strangulation may occur if the child wears the necklace around their neck and is left unsupervised. Also, as teething necklaces may not meet the requirements of a teether as stipulated in Australian Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002, they pose a choking hazard if mouthed by the child while unsupervised.

Regardless of any labelling attached to a teething necklace warning of associated risks, the marketing of a necklace as suitable for a child to play with raises concern as to the foreseeable misuse of the product, potentially leading to choking or strangulation.

Warning

This warning has been issued after ACCC testing of various products indicated that some teething necklaces would fail the mandatory requirements for teethers.

Suppliers and legal advice

It is recommended that suppliers seek their own legal advice in relation to the application of the mandatory standard as to the marketing and use of a teething necklace.

Mandatory Standards

Toys for children up to and including 36 months of age

The mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age came into effect on 17 December 2003. It covers specific testing methods, as well as design and construction requirements.

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

ACCC Teething Jewellery Classification

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and I thought I would add this one again to remind people of the dangers of dummies with Chains

Baby dummy chains with unsafe decorations

Check Dummies (baby) for more information

The permanent ban on certain baby dummy chains with decorations including crystals and beads and other similar ornaments came into effect on 9 September 2011.

Baby dummy chains include pins, ribbons, strings, cords, chains, twines, leathers, yarns or any other similar article which is designed to be attached to baby dummies.

This ban applies to dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments (also known as 'bling') that fail to meet the requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice. These relate to the length of the chain, impact resistance, tensile strength as well as the durability of the garment fastener.

Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011 prescribes requirements of this ban, which came into effect on 9 September 2011.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the ACL supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This ban is relevant to anyone in the business of supplying baby dummy chains with decorations, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011.

Penalties and consequences

Supplying baby dummy chains with decorations which fail to meet the prescribed requirements can make you liable for heavy fines and product recalls. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.

Bans

A permanent ban on certain baby dummies with decorations including crystals and beads and other similar ornaments came into effect on 9 September 2011.

Mandatory Standards

The mandatory standard for baby dummies came into effect on 20 October 2006. It covers requirements for design, construction and safety labelling.

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.
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Amber teething necklaces

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has received reports of an increase in use of amber teething necklaces.

The necklaces consist of rounded amber chips which are a fossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white, beige to brown. They have been worn for many centuries to reduce teething pain. The product is not meant to be chewed by the infant but instead worn against the skin.

The product claims the skin’s warmth releases very small amounts of healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and help calm the infant.

The necklace can pose two potential hazards; from strangulation and choking. Strangulation may occur if the infant has the amber teething necklace permanently fastened around their neck, especially when they are sleeping. A choking hazard may occur if the necklace breaks and releases the small beads.

What you should do:

  • supervise the infant when wearing the necklace
  • remove the necklace from the infant when the infant is unattended even if it’s only for a short period of time
  • remove the necklace from the infant while sleeping during the day or overnight
  • do not allow the infant to chew on the necklace
  • consider using a less risky form of pain relief
  • always seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your child’s health and well being.

The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is unable to state whether the therapeutic claims for these types of teething necklaces are true andtherefore does not support the use of these products.

Alerts

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury has issued a warning notice to the public in relation to amber teething necklaces.