New Consumer Safety Standard - Non-refillable Helium Cylinders
On 16 April 2023, the new consumer safety standard for non-refillable helium cylinders will take effect. The standard can be found here.
The standard is aimed at reducing the risk of death and serious injury associated with the use of non-refillable helium cylinders.
As a seller on MyDeal, you are obliged to comply with the requirements set out in the standard. Failure to meet the requirements of the standard(s) can result in suspension of offering products or your store, or termination of your store account from MyDeal.
What’s covered by the standards?
Consumer goods containing non-refillable helium cylinders such as helium balloons kits such as the ones shown in the images are covered by the standard.
What’s required by the standards?
Consumer goods containing a non‑refillable helium cylinder must comply with the requirements in this Part.
1. Gas composition requirements - The oxygen composition of the gas within the non‑refillable helium cylinder must be 21% +/‑ 1.0% of total gas composition by volume.
2. Marking requirements - The following must be clearly marked on the non‑refillable helium cylinder and on the packaging of the consumer goods:
(a) the composition of the gas within the cylinder, expressed as percentages of the total gas composition by volume;
(b) the following statement (or words to that effect):
WARNING: Do not inhale. May cause suffocation.
3. The markings must be:
(a) in English; and
(b) clearly legible; and
(c) clearly visible; and
What do sellers on MyDeal need to do?
Understand your obligations
You must familiarise yourself with the standards if you have not done so already. For more information on the standards, see the ACCC’s Product Safety page here.
Ensure your products on MyDeal meet the standards
You must ensure you check your currently selling products, and any products you intend to sell on MyDeal which contain non-refillable helium cylinders comply with the standard. This means you must check each product and ensure that those that do not comply are not sold on MyDeal.
Selling products that do not comply with mandatory standards is a breach of our Policies and our Seller terms and Conditions. Any sellers that fail to ensure they are compliant with the standard, or any other legal or safety requirements risk being banned from selling any products on MyDeal.