SUBJECT: Hockey Helmet Certification and Life Span
Hockey Canada has endorsed that all hockey helmets sold in Canada be accompanied by a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification label. The CSA Technical Committee on Equipment and Facilities for Ice Hockey has recently sent out a memo clarifying each certification sticker accompanied on a hockey helmet.
Virtually all hockey helmets sold in Canada bear 3 stickers indicating third-party testing and certification of the helmet because of the need for manufacturers to meet the mandated standards within 3 jurisdictions. The certification marks include the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification label which must appear on all helmets sold in Canada that are intended for use in ice hockey; the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) certification sticker which is mandatory for hockey helmets in the United States; and the European Union’s required CE marker for hockey helmets intended for sale and use in Europe.
The sale of hockey helmets is regulated in Canada by Health Canada under the Hazardous Products Act. Hockey Canada, however, only permits the use of hockey helmets certified to CSA Standard Z262.1 for all players under its jurisdiction.
Some confusion has arisen over the HECC certification stickers on hockey helmets sold in Canada because they bear a time limit. This time limit is related only to the length of certification (originally 5 years but changed recently to 6.5 years) granted by HECC for a given helmet, and is not an indication of the life-span of a hockey helmet. HECC certified hockey helmets are mandated for players playing under the jurisdiction of USA Hockey. The HECC certification sticker does not apply in Canada. The only certification sticker that should be verified for play under the jurisdiction of Hockey Canada is the presence of the CSA certification label on the helmet.
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