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Canada: Notice of a public review of a draft version of CAN/CGSB-182.1, flammability and labelling requirements for tents 

DEcember 2018- Relevant for: hardlines

Health Canada informed that the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is developing a new National Standard of Canada for tent flammability and labelling. The draft version of CAN/CGSB-182.11, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents, is available from the CGSB for a 60-day public review.

The open date is November 30, 2018 and the close date is January 29,2019. 

According to the scope of the draft standard, it applied to consumer tents for outdoor use (including tents intended for both indoor and outdoor use), such as camping tents, backpacking tents, children’s tents, tent trailers, ice-fishing tents, dining shelters, beach shelters and screen houses. This standard does not apply to consumer tents intended for indoor use only or tents subject to the National Building Code of Canada.

Context of the new draft standard:

Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents intended for consumer use are set out in the Tents Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. The regulations incorporate specific sections of the industrial Fabrics Association International standard CPAI-84, CPAI 84 was introduced in 1980 to address fire hazard posed by highly flammable tent materials such as waxed or oiled cotton canvas, which were commonly used at the time. The majority of tents available in today’s consumer market are made of lighter, synthetic materials that exhibit significantly different flammability properties. A need was identified to update the flammability and labelling requirements for tents intended for tents intended for consumer use to more appropriately address the current flammability risks.

[1] Public Review notification for CAN/CGSB-182.1, Flammability and labelling requirements for tents 

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