MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW/ - CSA International will officially launch a
testing and certification program for the Z263.1 Recreational Alpine Skiing
and Snowboarding Helmets Standard on April 30, 2009. The launch will take
place at the CSA International facility in Montreal, which is now ready to
accept submissions from helmet manufacturers across Canada.
Following brief remarks from Helene Vaillancourt, Operations Manager, CSA
International, there will be a demonstration of testing procedures at the lab
and a tour of the facility.
CSA's Z263.1 Recreational Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Helmets is
Canada's first standard intended to help reduce head injuries for recreational
alpine skiers and snowboarders. It defines the areas of the head that are to
be protected for impact injuries and covers the basic performance requirements
for shock absorption, helmet stability, and retention system strength as well
as marking and labeling requirements.
The number of traumatic injuries and fatalities have increased in Canada
along with the rising popularity of skiing and snowboarding. Brain injury is
the main cause of death among skiers and snowboarders.
WHAT: Media event to launch testing and certification
program for Z263.1, Recreational Alpine Skiing and
Snowboarding Helmets Standard, demonstration of
helmet testing procedures and facility tour.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: A close up look at how helmets will be rigorously
tested to meet standards under CSA's Z263.1
Recreational Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Helmets
Various testing and certification equipment will be
available to photograph/film during the facility
WHEN: 10:30 am ET, Thursday, April 30, 2009
WHO: Hélène Vaillancourt, Operations Manager, CSA
Patrick Richard, Testing and Certification
Specialist, CSA International
Stéphane Larivière, Product Group Manager, CSA
WHERE: CSA Pointe Claire
865 rue Ellingham, Pointe Claire, Quebec
For further information:
For further information: Simon Falardeau, Capital Image, (514) 739-1188,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Amy Clark, Environics Communications, (416)
969-2758, email@example.com; Anthony Toderian, CSA Group, (416)