ISO 8124-1 has been updated to ensure it continues to keep children safe from harm when playing with toys.
ISO 8124-1, Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties, defines the requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children under the age of 14 and covers the reasonable lifespan of toys.
The standard also specifies acceptable criteria for structural characteristics such as shape, size and contour, as well as aspects particular to certain toys such as tip angles for ride-on toys. It also includes appropriate warnings and instructions for use.
Chair of the technical committee that developed the series, Christian Wetterberg, said ISO 8124-1 has a strong impact around the world.
“ISO 8124 already plays an important role in influencing the requirements for toy safety in many countries, so it is important that it remains as up to date and relevant as possible,” Wetterberg said
“The latest version includes updated definitions and warning requirements, revised specifications related to a range of materials and parts, such as cords and straps, and the addition of new items such as yo-yo balls.”
ISO 8124-1 is one of ISO’s longest and most detailed standards. Other standards in the series include Part 2 on flammability and Part 4 for swings, slides, and similar activity toys.