New Australian Safety Standard for Personal Floatation Devices (PFD)
New Australian Safety Standard for
Personal Floatation Devices (PFD)
The new Australian Standard for PFDs is AS4758. It has been introduced to more closely align with international standards and takes into account advances in PFD design and manufacture.
PFDs made to AS4758 are marked as follows:
Level 150 - similar to inflatable PFD Type 1 and suitable for offshore use
Level 100 - similar to PFD Type 1 and the minimum requirement for offshore use
Level 50 - similar to PFD Type 2
Level 50 Special Purpose (50s) - replace PFD Type 3
PFDs using the Type 1, 2 or 3 rating are using the old standards (AS1512). Most PFDs made to the old standards will be recognised for many years to come by authorities, however please note that some states have applied limits to accepting older existing PFDs based on when they were manufactured. So it is important to contact your local marine safety authority to find out if it is still accepted.