Safety and standards
Did you know the your bike helmet has to follow certain rules that were made in order to keep your head safe? These rules are called “standards.”
Some products are required to meet certain standards, by law. For example, hockey helmets for sale in Canada have to meet a national standard that was developed by the Canadian Standards Association and its members.
Did you know that hockey helmets, eye protectors, and face protectors have led to fewer injuries in hockey?
For other products, manufacturers choose to use standards because they result in greater efficiency, better design or improved performance.
Who uses standards?
Just about anyone uses standards!
- Manufacturers use standards when they make products.
- Engineers use standards when they build roads and bridges.
- Store managers look for products that meet standards to sell to the public.
- Inspectors use standards when they check building construction or the installation of gas or electrical systems.
- Governments refer to standards when they write laws.
- And people use standards when they choose their products! Smart shoppers look for the CSA mark on the products they buy.
Where are standards?
Just about anywhere!
Standards are used in pipes, electrical wiring, lights, packaging, electric wiring, and windows and doors.
Standards are used in the making of telephones, computers, smoke alarms, household appliances, tools, even toys and playgrounds!Want to know if a certain product is certified to a standard? Check out our
online listing of certified products.