On 22 April 2017, Health Canada announced its proposal updating Playpens Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I (Volume 151, No. 161) since its last major amendment in 1991.
This proposal intends to increase playpen safety by aligning the majority of the Canadian requirements with U.S. CPSC Final Rule for Bassinets and Cradles, and aligning also with the current Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR)2. Interested persons may comment on the proposed changes until 6 July 2017.
The revisions suggested are summarised as follows.
Entrapment by openings
New entrapment hazard requirement for playpens and accessories
Revised open holes size requirement for playpens
Revised mesh probe specifications.
Pads spacing / thickness / vertical displacement
New requirement maximum thickness and spacing for floor pad and mattresses
New floor pad vertical displacement test
New requirement for latching and locking mechanisms
Revised requirement about false latch
Inclusion of side rail test to minimise collapse hazards
New requirement to prevent fatigue failures at top rail to corner post attachment
Additional requirements for side deflection and strength
Improved static load test at a playpen’s floor
Revised test for attachment strength of textiles materials to the frame
Inclusion of static load test in ASTM F2194 and F406 for playpen sleep accessory and change table accessory respectively.
Revised stability test
New maximum rock / swing angle and maximum angle at rest for sleep accessories.
Mandatory warning labels with bilingual statements
Height of components
New requirements pertaining to the height of corner posts
Increase of minimum side height
Increase of side height for playpen sleep accessories
New maximum 7° incline for the sleep surface
Inclusion of entanglement requirements for projections, etc.
Removing the restriction on the number of playpen wheels or casters.