Helmet requirements, Safety Standards Associations and/or certification standards, can be found on the activity/sport pages within the Equipment section.
Recognized Safety Standard Associations For Helmets
The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education recognizes the following safety standard associations:
- Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
- National Operating Committee on Standards in Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
- Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell Standard)
- British Standards Institute (BSI)
- Standards Australia (SA)
- Common European Norm (CEN)
- Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)
Activities For Which Helmets Have Been Developed (For Example, Hockey, Football)
- Helmets designed for the type of hazards encountered in the activity will provide the optimal required protection for the activity.
- Select a helmet that meets the protection standards (certification) for the specific activity/sport as determined by a recognized safety standards association.
Activities For Which Helmets Have Not Been Developed (For Example Ice Skating, Tobogganing/Sledding)
- The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education lists on its activity pages the types of helmets that offer the best protection against ice skating/tobogganing injuries as recommended by the following safety organizations: Parachute, Canada Safety Council, and the Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange.
Multi-Purpose Helmets (For Example, Cycling, Skateboarding and In Line Skating)
- Some helmets are marketed as ‘multi sport’ meaning they meet the safety standard for more than one activity.
- For a multi-purpose helmet to be used for an activity/sport, the helmet must have an identification of a safety standard certification (for example, sticker/identification on the package or on the helmet) from a recognized safety standards association indicating that it meets the required safety standards for those activities the helmet will be used for.
Select a Suitable Helmet For the Activity
- Reference the specific activity page in the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education
- Consult the sport governing body of the activity.
- Consult a reputable provider (retailer) of the equipment for information on the most suitable helmet.
- Consult Parachute at Parachute Canada
Certification Sticker Location
- To be sure that the helmet meets the safety standard (certification) for your activity/sport. Most helmets that meet a standard will contain a special label that indicates compliance usually found on the liner inside of the helmet.
Canadian Standard Association Standards
- Where a Canadian Standard Association (CSA) standard becomes available for an activity helmet, the CSA approved helmet is to be the choice for use.