CSA Group, in cooperation with Health Canada, has developed CAN/CSA Z600 – Safety of corded window covering products. CAN/CSA Z600 is referenced in legislation in The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The new 2014 edition aligns requirements with the 2012 edition of ANSI/WMCA A100.1 Safety for Window Covering Products. The latest edition of CAN/CSA Z600 is an adoption of the WCMA standard with Canadian deviations.
CAN/CSA Z600 contains technical requirements and practices including test methods applicable to the design, manufacture/construction, installation, and labeling of corded window covering products. The requirements provided in CAN/CSA Z600 are intended to minimize the hazards posed to young children by corded window covering products.
Health Canada warns that any type of blind cord, such as cords on the side, inside, or on the back of the window covering, is a strangulation risk for children. The safest window coverings are ones that have no cords that you can see or touch. Cordless window coverings are the safest option.
Highlights of CAN/CSA Z600:
Applies to all interior corded window covering products, including components, related hardware and labeling, which are manufactured, imported, advertised, or sold in Canada for consumer use. It also applies to second-hand units that are advertised, distributed, or sold in Canada for consumer use
Includes robust performance and testing requirements, new product warning labels and pictograms, and other technical changes intended to improve safety
Incorporates Canada-specific deviations to improve safety for children; for example, a new requirement that cord cleats with instructions be included with applicable window coverings
This is the third edition of CSA Z600, Safety of corded window covering products, which is an adoption, with Canadian deviations, of the identically titled ANSI/WCMA (American National Standards Institute/Window Covering Manufacturers Association) Standard A100.1-2007. This CSA Standard supersedes the previous editions published in 2006 and 1999.
The members of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, Inc. (WCMA), recognizing that unfortunate accidents, including strangulation, have occurred among young children using certain products having flexible loops made or imported by members of the industry, have prepared this Standard in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
WCMA members have been engaged in an extensive awareness program and have also furnished millions of devices to be used in a retrofit manner to reduce the chance of user injury.
This Standard is not intended to inhibit, but rather to encourage the development of devices and methods that shall further improve the safety of products manufactured by industry members. Manufacturers and other users of this Standard are requested to submit suggestions for improvements to WCMA.
Members of WCMA, in recognition of continuing improvements to be made, shall sponsor appropriate revisions to this Standard on a regular basis.
This Standard applies to all interior drapery hardware and window covering products that incorporate bead chains, cords, or any type of flexible looped device in their operation. The items covered include the products listed in 1.3 when used in all reasonably foreseeable environments where young children are present.
Products covered include Cellular Shades, Horizontal Blinds, Pleated Shades, Roll-Up Blinds, Roller Shades, Roman Shades, Traverse Rods, and Vertical Blinds. Stock and Custom Products. (See Section 3 for definitions of these terms.)