AS 4758: Lifejackets - Statement from Standards Australia


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30 January 2015
AS 4758: Lifejackets
Standards Australia (SA) Technical Committee CS-060, Buoyancy aids, is currently revising AS 4758 - 2008 Parts 1, 2 and 3 on Personal Flotation Devices. The revised series of Standards will be renamed AS 4758 Lifejackets, as follows:
AS 4758 Lifejackets
AS 4758.1 Part 1: General Requirements
AS 4758.2 Part 2: Requirements and test methods
AS 4758.3 Part 3: Test methods
The objective of the AS 4758 series is to provide manufacturers, regulatory authorities and wearers with the requirements for lifejackets (also known as personal floatation devices, or PFDs) suitable for use by persons engaged in activities in or near water in a range of prevailing conditions.
In AS 4758 Lifejackets, Part 1: General Requirements, the main changes include an addition of a new L25 buoyancy category for competent swimmers for specialist activities; new requirements for a body mass of between 5 and 10 kg, and harmonisation of L50 buoyancy requirements with international standards.
In AS 4758: Lifejackets, Part 2: Requirements and test methods, new requirements have been included for inflation indicators and gas cylinders; while new requirements for inflation indicators, weight categories, performance levels and performance testing have been included in AS 4758: Lifejackets, Part 3: Test methods. The term “personal flotation device” has been replaced with “lifejacket” across all three parts of the Standard.
Mr Nick Byrne, Chairman of Technical Committee CS-060 Buoyancy aids, said, “Many Australians take part in water activities each year for leisure or work. It is important to recognise that wearing a well-maintained lifejacket that is fit for purpose is one of the key factors in preventing drowning deaths.”
“It is therefore paramount to keep the requirements and test methods for lifejackets updated to suit emerging technologies and the changing needs of Australians. We welcome public comment on this revised Standard,” said Mr Byrne.
In accordance with Standards Australia’s standards development process, the proposed drafts of AS 4758 Parts 1, 2 and 3 will be open for public comment starting Friday, 30 January, 2015. The last day for public comment will be Friday, 3 April, 2015.
All draft Standards for public comment and instructions on how to comment are listed at the following link:
Standards Australia is conscious of the need for continued work on AS 4758 and remains committed to the openness and rigour of its standards development process.

The lnk to the Public Commenting is here : Just scroll to the bottom of the document.

I have attached the statement below.

The Boating Council is conduction a review of all the PFD changes in 2 weeks time.
If you have any comments you would like put forward on behalf of the Jet Ski Industry please feel welcome to let me know either pm, email, phone or post below. I will put it on the agenda for discussion and consideration.