The newly revised Standard, Bunk beds and other elevated beds AS/NZS 4220:2010, provides regulatory authorities with safety requirements and manufacturers with functional, durability, stability, and performance criteria to meet these safety requirements, in order to reduce the likelihood of death or injuries to children. AS/NZS 4220:2010 also includes methods for testing a range of design features including fall-through and entrapment hazards, stability, stress and fatigue, and the ability to withstand repeated impact.
AS/NZS 4220:2010 replaces AS/NZS 4220:2003 and features a number of revisions, including:
- increases the height of guardrails by 100 mm to better prevent children from rolling out
- discourages large gaps in guardrails
- limits the number of access opening on guardrails to four
- reduces the maximum height above the floor of an upper mattress from 800 mm to 700 mm
- recommends sturdier construction.
For more information on the safe use of bunk beds visit the Ministry of Consumer Affairs website.