Amendment of AS/NZS ISO 8124.1 - Hazardous Magnet Requirement
Given the ongoing problems with magnetic toys, and the potential for serious injury
or even death, AS/NZS ISO 8124.1 Safety of toys in Australia and New Zealand have
been revised to address ingestion hazards of magnets associated with toys used
by all age groups as an interim measure. It is expected that further requirements
will be added in the future once testing procedures addressing specific normal
use and reasonable foreseeable abuse for toys containing hazardous magnets are
A magnet which has a flux index greater than 50kG2mm2 and which is in any of
the following shapes and sizes is defined as a hazardous magnet:
1. A cylinder with a length of not more than 32mm and a diameter of not more
2. A disk with a diameter of not more than 26mm and a thickness of not more
3. A sphere with a diameter of not more than 22mm;
4. Any solid that will fit entirely within the volume or envelop of any of the
above defined shapes.
For toys that contain loose as-received hazardous magnet or magnetic component,
the packaging and instructions of toys shall display the following statement
or with similar meaning:
"Warning! The product contains small magnet(s). Swallowed magnets can
stick together across intestines causing serious infections and death. Seek
immediate medical attention if magnet(s) are swallowed or inhaled."
Toys shall not liberate a hazardous magnet or magnetic component after being
tested for normal and reasonably foreseeable use and abuse test.
The requirements do not apply to the use of magnets in motors, relays, speakers,
electrical components, and similar devices where the magnetic properties are
not part of the play pattern of the toy.
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