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Lifejacket standards

A level 100 lifejacket must conform to at least one of the following standards:

  • AS4758 (Lifejackets)
  • Any of the following standards, provided the lifejacket is in good condition and does not rely solely on oral inflation for buoyancy:
    • ISO 12402-1 – Lifejacket for seagoing ships
    • ISO 12402.2 level 275
    • ISO 12402.3 level 150
    • ISO 12402.4 level 100
    • EN 399-1993 lifejacket 275N
    • EN396-1993 lifejacket 150N
    • EN395-1993 lifejacket 100N
    • NZS 5823:2005 type 401
    • AS4758 Personal flotation devices – level 275
    • AS4758 Personal flotation devices – level 150
    • AS4758 Personal flotation devices – level 100
    • AS1512 PFD type 1*

A level 50 lifejacket must conform to at least one of the following standards:

  • AS4758 (Lifejackets)
  • Any of the following standards, provided the lifejacket is in good condition and does not rely solely on oral inflation for buoyancy:
    • ISO12402.5 level 50
    • AS1499 PFD type 2*

A level 50S lifejacket must conform to at least one of the following standards:

  • AS4758 (Lifejackets)
  • Any of the following standards, provided the lifejacket is in good condition and does not rely solely on oral inflation for buoyancy:
    • ISO12402.5 level 50
    • AS2260 PFD type 3*

Good condition means:

  • External coverings retain visibility and brightness as at date of manufacture without significant discoloration or fading;
  • Stitching is complete, intact and not pulled;
  • Webbing is not frayed and is able to hold its design loading.

*Note: Lifejackets manufactured to standards AS1512, AS1499 or AS2260 are only compliant until the end of their serviceable life if the ship carrying them was equipped with them prior to 1 September 2016. The end of the serviceable life of a  lifejacket occurs when the lifejacket needs to be replaced because it is irreparable, unserviceable, incapable of being restored to its original condition, or has reached the end of its serviceable life as stated by its manufacture

Last updated
23 June 2020