Is Your Daycare Space Safe?
Date(s) - Nov 7, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program is responsible for protecting the public from dangers to their health and safety posed by consumer products in Canada. We do this, in part, by regulating industry under the Consumer Product Safety Act. However, an equally important part of our work is outreach and education to the public, professionals, industry, and other stakeholders.
Recognizing that children are naturally curious, learn through play, and do not easily recognize or avoid danger, keeping them safe from hazards posed by toys and childcare products is a strong area of focus for our outreach activities. This focus is particularly relevant to Early Childhood Educators, given their role in creating a safe environment for children to learn, play, and grow.
This is a free, 2 hour Health Canada presentation that covers consumer product safety, how chemicals in the environment affect health, safety with household chemicals, radon testing, air quality, outdoor tips, food & safe food handing, drinking water, and extreme heat. Beyond this, we will have resources to show and hand out. Topics for discussion may include:
• a brief overview of the types of products that we regulate and the role of Health Canada
• highlight of key points in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
• issues with second hand products and cross border shopping
• discussion of prohibited items in Canada
• the requirements for regulated children’s products (cribs, playpens, pacifiers, toys, strollers, children’s sleepwear etc.) and tips for safe use
• other unregulated products of concern (baby slings, bath seats, drawstrings in children’s clothing, magnets in children’s toys)
• safety issues with other products in the home that may be accessible to children (corded window covering, household chemicals, furniture that can tip over)
• current consumer product issues (laundry detergent packs, button batteries, small magnets in toys)
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604 533 4425
Lyna Eng and Agnes Pisarski
Lyna Eng, Product Safety Officer, has been with Health Canada since 2008, focuses on enforcement actions, policy issues and education efforts related to consumer products and cosmetics. She came to Health Canada from Transport Canada. Agnes Pisarski, Risk Communication and Public Involvement Officer, Environmental Health Program, Health Canada, BC Region delivers chemical awareness workshops for families with children, Early Childhood Educators, daycare staff, seniors, and new immigrants. She also raises awareness on how to create a healthier home at various tradeshows and events.