New Safety Standards for Portable Non-Aerosol Fire Extinguishers Take Effect on 20 December 2022

Portable Non Aerosol Fire Extinguisher Compliance Inspection

Portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers are mandatory products, and their standard was last updated on 15 December 2021. The Australian Government published this new mandatory safety standard on 20 December 2021 with a transitional period of 12 months. The updated requirements are to improve existing performance and identification requirements and to reduce the risk of a fire extinguisher not operating correctly during a fire.

This new safety standard applies to the supply of new, and imported second-hand products supplied in Australia for the first time.

Up to 21 December 2022, suppliers can still comply with the current requirements from Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2004 – Consumer Product Safety Standard: Portable Fire Extinguishers.

After 21 December 2022, suppliers must meet the requirements of the Consumer Goods (Portable Non-aerosol Fire Extinguishers) Safety Standards 2021 only.

In the new requirements, a portable non-aerosol fire extinguisher must comply with the below standards:

  • AS/NZS 1841.1:2007* – General requirements, and
  • The following applicable standards:
    • AS/NZS 1841.2:2007 – Specific requirements for water type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.3:2007* – Specific requirements for wet chemical type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.4:2007 – Specific requirements for foam type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.5:2007 – Specific requirements for powder type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.6:2007* – Specific requirements for carbon dioxide type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.7:2007 – Specific requirements for vaporizing-liquid type extinguishers
    • AS/NZS 1841.8:2007* – Specific requirements for non-rechargeable type extinguishers

*Part 1, 3, 6 and 8 of these standards have been modified as specified in the Safety Standard.

What is a portable non-aerosol fire extinguisher?

A portable non-aerosol fire extinguisher is defined in the new safety standard as an application that is:

  • A portable fire extinguisher; and
  • Not an aerosol fire extinguisher.

For comparison, a portable fire extinguisher means an appliance that:

  • Contains an extinguishant that can be discharged onto a fire by the action of internal pressure; and
  • Is designed to be carried and operated by hand; and
  • Is designed to have a gross mass of not more than 23 kilograms.

BWES works with experienced and accredited laboratories locally and overseas and can provide you with cost effective testing solutions with the quickest turnaround time.

Contact BWES today to assist you with complying with this new safety standard.

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