Health Canada publishes new regulations aimed at improving the safety of playpens.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 136/18

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On October 3, 2018, Health Canada published, in the Canada Gazette, a new playpens regulation to address identified safety hazards related to the use of playpens and their accessories. This also aligns to some requirements of the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (SOR/2016-152) and applicable US requirements (16 CFR 1221), and strengthens construction and performance requirements.

The regulations apply to products intended to provide an enclosed play area for a child who has a height of 90 cm or less, has sides that are attached to its floor, one of which is at least made of textile or other pliable material, and none of the structural parts are inflatable.

Below are the areas improved in the regulations:

  1. Entrapment in openings in the textile sides of playpens and sleep accessories

  2. Floor pad spacing and mattress pad spacing

  3. Angles of sleep surfaces

  4. Warnings

  5. Stability

  6. Latching and locking of top rails

  7. Side deflection and strength

  8. False latch

  9. Top rail configuration

  10. Top rail to corner post attachment

  11. Entanglement on projections

  12. Corner post height

  13. Floor pad thickness

  14. Height of playpen sides

  15. Openings — finger entrapment

  16. Floor pad vertical displacement

  17. Strength of playing surfaces

  18. Mesh opening sizes

  19. Mesh and fabric attachment strength

  20. Accessories — entrapment

  21. Number of wheels

  22. Side height of sleep accessories

  23. Mattress pad thickness of sleep accessories

  24. Integrity of playpen accessories

  25. Angle of sleep accessories that rock or swing

  26. Allowance for the use of a pouch to store assembly and use instructions

The regulations repeal and replace the Playpens Regulations (SOR/2016-189) and will be enforced from April 3, 2019, six months from the date the regulation was published in the Canada Gazette

Playpens Regulations, SOR/2018-186 [1]

Next step:

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