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Playpens Regulations (SOR/2018-186)

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Regulations are current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2019-04-03. Previous Versions

SCHEDULE 9(Sections 21 and 22)Tests for Top Rail Configuration

  • 1 The following method is to be used for testing the space created when a rigid top rail of a folding playpen is folded:

    • (a) assemble the playpen according to the manufacturer’s instructions, omitting any attachments that could interfere with the conduct of the test;

    • (b) fold the playpen completely;

    • (c) position the two opposite folded segments of a top rail parallel to each other so that they are not more than 6 mm from each other, or are as close to being parallel as possible, while making sure that the corner brackets do not overlap, and maintain this position during the test;

    • (d) move aside any parts made of a textile or other pliable material as well as any other part of the playpen that could interfere with the insertion of a probe — that is a rectangular aluminum prism that has a minimum length of 75 mm and square ends that measure 38 mm × 38 mm and whose edges have a radius of curvature of 3 mm — into the space created by the folding of the top rail;

    • (e) place the probe on the lowest possible point between the opposite folded segments in such a way that the lower surface of the probe is in contact with the upper surface of the top rail and that the square end of the probe is perpendicular to the upper surface of the top rail;

    • (f) apply a horizontal force of 45 N to the probe towards the interior of the playpen; and

    • (g) repeat the steps set out in paragraphs (b) to (f) for all the other top rails.

  • 2 The following method is to be used for testing the V-shaped space created by the unlatching or unlocking of only one of the hinges of a rigid top rail of a playpen:

    • (a) assemble the playpen according to the manufacturer’s instructions, omitting any attachments that could interfere with the conduct of the test;

    • (b) unlatch or unlock one of the hinges of a top rail and latch or lock its other hinges;

    • (c) reposition any parts made of a textile or other pliable material that could interfere with the measurement of the angle;

    • (d) attach a load of 4.5 kg to a strap with a width of 25 mm and suspend the strap from the hinge that is unlatched or unlocked for 10 seconds and then remove the load;

    • (e) measure the angle that is formed between the two folded segments of the top rail within a radius of 76 mm of the hinge that is unlatched or unlocked;

    • (f) repeat the steps set out in paragraphs (b) to (e) for all the other hinges of the top rail; and

    • (g) repeat the steps set out in paragraphs (b) to (f) for all the other top rails.

  • 3 The following method is to be used for testing the space created when a non-rigid top rail of a playpen is folded:

    • (a) assemble the playpen according to the manufacturer’s instructions, omitting any attachments that could interfere with the conduct of the test;

    • (b) place the surface identified as surface A of Test Template B illustrated in the figure to this section on the upper surface of a top rail and apply a vertical force of 134 N downwards to Test Template B;

    • (c) while maintaining the force, visually inspect the playpen to determine whether any combination of surfaces and points set out in the table to this section comes into contact with the top rail; and

    • (d) repeat the steps set out in paragraphs (b) and (c) for all the other top rails.

    Figure — Test Template B

    The template is flat and resembles the contour of a child’s head. It has a width of 142.24 mm and a height of 177.80 mm. The bottom of the template is horizontal, is 38.10 mm in length and is designated surface A. The sides are symmetrical in relation to the central axis of the bottom of the template and extend upwards and outwards in such a way that an angle of 37.5° exists between surface A and each of the sides that are designated surface B1 and surface B2, respectively. Those sides extend upwards and outwards until the template reaches its width of 142.24 mm. Two vertical sides, each of which is contiguous to one of the sides that extends outward, rise vertically such that the distance between the highest point of each vertical side and the top of the template is 50.80 mm. The vertical sides are designated surface C1 and surface C2, respectively. The top of the template is convex, has a radius of 75.44 mm and is designated surface D.

    TABLE

    Combinations of Surfaces and Points

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemSurface or point of templateSurface or point of template
    1B1B2
    2C1C2
    3C1D
    4C2D
    5B1C1B2C2
    6C1DC2D
 
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