Standardization Protects the Health and Safety of all Canadians
Standards work behind the scenes to ensure the safety of everything around us. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) leads the network of organizations that make sure these standards are developed with the best interest of Canadians in mind and that they are adhered to.
Health and safety is a priority for Canadians—whether it’s the safety of the cars we drive, the water we drink, or the medical equipment used to treat us.
The best way to ensure the products and services we use are safe is to prevent problems before they occur. Standards play an integral role in making sure that happens. They are the invisible backbone that keeps our society running efficiently and safely.
As the leader of Canada’s standardization network, it is the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC’s) job to deliver and promote standardization strategies that benefit Canadians every day. Today there are approximately 5,000 standards referenced in Canadian regulations.
Without these standards in place, the health and safety of Canadians would be at risk.
Keeping Canadians Safe, at Home, at Play and at Work
Imagine if your electric kettle did not have an automatic shutoff function to keep it from overheating and catching fire. Or imagine the knee injuries that would occur if downhill ski bindings could not automatically release when you fall. Or what if a twin engine airplane had not been designed to fly even when one engine fails?
Adherence to standards and third-party conformity assessment gives Canadians confidence that the goods and services we depend on every day are safe, reliable and will do the job they were intended for.
But standards do not just prevent unsafe consumer products from being designed, manufactured and sold. They also protect Canadian tradespeople—builders, electricians, and plumbers—and healthcare providers. In fact, standards ensure the safety of almost everything around us—from our food, health care, medical devices and machinery, to the roads and that make up our built infrastructure, and even to the cyber world.
Quite simply, standards protect Canadians and their communities and make our world a better and safer place.