Why Standards Matter
Standards make a real difference in the world, and in your life.
Think about it:
Did you know?
That in the years since CSA first published standards for face protectors and visors for hockey players:
- The number of reported eye injuries has dropped from roughly 290 per year to under 25 today?
- injuries resulting in blindness are now virtually non-existent, even though the number of recreational hockey players has climbed significantly?
Did you know?
That since the early 1980s, when CSA introduced a standard and certification program for child-resistant packaging, the rate of young children hospitalized for medication poisoning has declined dramatically?
In these and many other ways, standards serve people and businesses in a wide range of areas, affecting:
- You look for products that meet safety standards.
- You expect products to be packaged appropriately – easy to open, but secure enough to prevent tampering or damage.
- You assume that if products are designed to work together, then they will work together.
- You seek assurance that your personal information is protected from misuse by the organizations that collect and use it, including governments, banks, and others.
- If you have a disability, you depend on barrier-free design to gain access to buildings and elevators.
- Residential and recreational safety
- Occupational health and safety
- Consumer health and safety
- Energy efficiency
- The environment
- International trade
Standards and Safety
Certifying products to safety standards is an important link in the consumer safety chain.
Together with regulations, education, new technology and better to ways to do things, CSA standards and certification services have made a big impact on public health and safety.
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