Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Standards Project 2018-2019: Handheld Portable Laser Pointers

Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it. 

The purpose of this Standards project was to sample handheld portable laser pointers and test them to the performance criteria of a consensus-based safety standard in order to verify compliance to the CCPSA. The safety standard used as a basis for the project testing was International Electrotechnical Commission Standard IEC 60825-1:2014 Ed.3, Safety of laser products- Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements.

For this project, compliance of select handheld laser pointers was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled any relevant products. Compliance with the requirements, which were based on the standard, was then verified through testing at the Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau Laser Testing Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of handheld portable laser pointer sellers in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, laser testing of 24 different products was carried out. The testing resulted in 3 stop sales to address non-compliance and 21 instances where no corrective action was required.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Summary of the samples assessed and corrective actions taken during this project
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
5 in 1 Pointeur Laser Pointer 5 in 1 Pointeur Laser Pointer Dollar Daze No compliance issues detected None
5 In 1 Pointeur Laser Pointer 5 In 1 Pointeur Laser Pointer Dollar Tree (Dollar Giant) No compliance issues detected None
Apollo Pen-Style Laser Pointer Grand & Toy No compliance issues detected None
Autotrends Laser Pointer Canadian Tire Corporation No compliance issues detected None
Canon Green Laser Wireless Presenter Best Buy Canada Ltd. No compliance issues detected None
Cat It Laser Toy Animalerie Dyno Inc. No compliance issues detected None
E-Circuit 2 in 1 Stylus Dollar Tree (Dollar Giant) No compliance issues detected None
Gadget Gear LED Laser Stylus Ink Pen Factory Direct No compliance issues detected None
Keyring Laser Pointer Keyring Laser Pointer Dual Function Dollar Tree (Dollar Giant) No compliance issues detected None
Kong Company Kong Laser Pet Valu No compliance issues detected None
Kong Company Laser Toy Animalerie Dyno Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Laserglow Technologies Hydra-5 447 nm Blue Laser Pointer Laserglow Technologies No compliance issues detected None
Lumin 8 Laser Pointer & LED Light 2 in 1 iParty Dollar Store No compliance issues detected None
Marathon Watch Red Laser Pointer with Blink Mode Marathon Watch Company Did not meet the laser classification requirement Stop sale by Marathon Watch Company
Nexxtech Key Chain Laser Pointer The Source No compliance issues detected None
No Brand Name Shock Laser Party Expert Did not meet the laser classification requirement Stop sale by Party Expert
Onn Wireless Laser Pointer Presenter Wal-Mart Canada Corp. No compliance issues detected None
Orion Skyline Deluxe - Green Laser Pointer All-Star Telescope No compliance issues detected None
Performance Tool 3 in 1 Laser Pointer Pen Peavey Mart No compliance issues detected None
PetSport Laser Chase II Cat Toy Global Pet Foods No compliance issues detected None
PetStore Pet Laser Toy Dollarama No compliance issues detected None
Quartet 4 in 1 Laser Pointer Staples Canada ULC No compliance issues detected None
Transhine TS-206 All-Star Telescope Did not meet the laser classification requirement Stop sale by Sky Instruments
Whisker City Laser Cat Toy Pet Smart No compliance issues detected None

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed.  Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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