Lighters Regulations Approved in Canada
Canada has recently approved the Lighters
Regulations under the Hazardous Products Act. The new Lighters Regulations
expanded the scope to include utility lighters (also known as multi-purpose
or barbeque lighters) and to update standards referenced in the Regulations.
The Regulations will come into force
on and after Oct 26, 2008.
According to the current Hazardous
Products (Lighters) Regulations, cigarette lighters must comply with labelling,
performance and child-resistant requirements. However, these requirements
do not apply to utility lighters (a lighter that is 100 mm or greater
in length when it is in a fully extended position).
The New Lighters Regulations not only
address the problems caused by utility lighters, but also include the
compliance certificate and safety labelling requirements, and test protocols
of US 16 CFR 1210.4 or 1212.4, as applicable, for testing utility lighters.
Further, the determination of child-resistant
in the Lighters Regulations does NOT require children for the test panel
to live within the United States nor to be tested within the United States
Lighters are consumer products which
are inherently hazardous, since they produce a flame or heat, and contain
fuel. They pose a serious risk, and may cause fires, serious injuries
and even deaths. 2007 to date, there were more than 10 recalls in the
EU (Spain, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany). Therefore,
lighters should comply with general safety requirements as laid down in
specific standards on lighter safety. Under the General Product Safety
Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC, testing of lighters to EN ISO 9994:2005 is
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