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This is the fourth edition of CSA Standard Z262.1 (now CAN/CSA-Z262.1), Ice Hockey Helmets, which is written in SI (metric) units. It supersedes the third edition published in 1983.
This new edition differs from the previous edition as follows:
(a) The impact test methodology is dramatically changed - a helmeted headform is dropped onto an anvil (versus dropping a weight onto the helmeted headform).
(b) The impact failure criterion is measured in units of acceleration, ie, 275 g (with a Gadd Severity Index of 1500 as a recommended additional measure).
(c) Helmet impacts are measured in terms of energy, ie, 50 J (approximately a 1 m drop height).
(d) The ear opening is reduced from 50 mm (2in) to 38mm (1.5 in).
This Standard was prepared by the Technical Committee on Protective Equipment for Ice Hockey Players, under the jurisdiction of the Standards Steering Committee on Sports and Recreational Equipment, and was formally approved by these Committees. It has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This Standard applies to helmets intended for use in ice hockey. The objective of the standard is to reduce the risk of head injury to ice hockey participants, when the helmet is used as intended and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, without compromising the form and appeal of the game.
Ice hockey is a sport with intrinsic hazards. Participation in ice hockey implies the acceptance of some risk of injury. Use of a helmet certified under this Standard will not prevent all injuries. When used as intended for ice hockey and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, the use of a helmet certified under this Standard is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of head injuries.
The Standard establishes certain mandatory, minimum requirements for ice hockey helmets in the following areas:
(a) materials used in fabrication;
(b) assembly, design, and finish;
(c) helmet size and area of head coverage;
(d) impact resistance;
(e) penetration resistance;
(f) strength and durability; and
(g) labels, tags, and markings.
Performance tests are made in relation to items 1.3 (b), (d), (e), and (f).
The intent of this Standard is to complement CAN/CSA-Z262.2 Face Protectors and Visors for Ice Hockey Players.