Relevant for: Children's products
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.