Bill C-6 must be amended to protect children's hearing
OTTAWA, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Association of
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) will appear before the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to encourage the government to
include restrictions on noisy toys in consumer product safety legislation.
The Health Committee is currently studying Bill C-6, the Canada Consumer
Product Safety Act, which will place an onus on manufacturers to ensure that
their products are safe and provides government with the power and capacity to
make sure that this happens.
"With C-6, the government is clearly moving in the right direction to
ensure that the products on store shelves and in our home are safe," commented
CASLPA Executive Director Ondina Love, "but it is important that Government
recognize the hearing health risks that noisy toys pose when reviewing this
CASLPA has worked for a number of years to inform the public and Members
of Parliament about the dangers of noisy toys. Currently, the Hazardous
Products Act bans toys emitting noise levels exceeding 100 decibels.
Audiologists feel that this level is too high and are calling on government to
set the limit to only 75 decibels. As a matter of comparison, exposure to 100
decibels in a workplace would be considered safe for only a 15 minute period,
and that is for adults with fully developed ears. Lowering this noise limit is
also the focus of a Private Member's Bill, C-357.
"The concern is that noisy toys are often trivialized or dismissed as
just annoying to parents," said Love. "But the danger these toys pose is very
real and can cause permanent hearing damage."
CASLPA's appearance before the Committee helps to mark the end of Speech
and Hearing Awareness Month. Throughout May, thousands of professionals
involved with the treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders came
together to participate in public awareness campaigns that encouraged early
detection and prevention of communication disorders, and sought to increase
the public's sensitivity to the challenges faced by individuals experiencing
"The government has taken real steps to encourage a culture of product
safety, and this should be applauded. But it must also take the next step to
ensure that the toys a child plays with do not cause lasting harm to their
hearing health," concluded Love.
CASLPA, with more than 5,400 members, is the only national body that
supports and represents the professional needs of speech-language
pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel inclusively within one
organization. Through this support, CASLPA champions the needs of people with
communications disorders. Visit CASLPA at www.caslpa.ca
For further information:
For further information: Angie D'Aoust, CASLPA Director of
Communications, 1-800-259-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org