Canada announces new safety requirements for cribs, cradles and bassinets

08:38, December 02, 2010      

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Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface Shelly Glover announced on Wednesday changes to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) that will make cribs, cradles and bassinets safer for infants and young children.

Aglukkaq said that Canada's requirements for cribs and cradles are already among the most stringent in the world and Wednesday's amendments further strengthen the country's existing safety requirements and introduce new standards for bassinets, which were previously unregulated in Canada.

The amendments will broaden the definition of a crib by eliminating the distinction between standard and portable cribs, and include stand-alone bassinets within scope of the Regulations.

They will also include bassinets and requirements relating to their required packaging and labeling, and construction and performance, such as flammability, side height, static load, shearing and pinching hazards, etc.

Toeholds, which could enable a young child to climb out of a crib and fall to the floor causing a risk of injury, will be eliminated, a minimum side height barrier of 230 millimeters for all crib, cradle and bassinet products will be established, and the total lead limit for cribs, cradles and bassinets will be reduced to 90 milligrams per kilogram.

The amendments also require that manufacturers or importers must maintain records relating to the sale, advertisement and testing of crib, cradle and bassinet products for a period of at least 3 years

"These regulations will make it easier for parents to help keep their newborns, babies and toddlers safe," said Glover.

Source: Xinhua


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