The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has passed new crib regulations with stricter mandatory standards for cribs. Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured, sold, or resold in the U.S. must meet the new standards. Childcare facilities must use cribs compliant with the new standards by December 28, 2012.
Do local churches fall under the new crib regulations? According to the CPSC’s The New Crib Standard: Questions and Answers, “The CPSIA does not provide any exclusion for churches. If a church operates a child care facility, the cribs that it provides must comply with CPSC’s crib standards. Given the language in the CPSIA, we consider a child care facility to be one that provides services for a fee. If volunteers take care of children during a church service without pay, we do not consider that arrangement to be a child care facility, and cribs used under such an arrangement would not be subject to CPSC’s crib standards.”
While the language of the crib regulations does not seem to include churches that provide volunteer-staffed nurseries during church services, it is recommended that churches provide cribs that comply with the new standards. Cribs that do not meet the new standards may endanger children and leave a church open to liability. The GBMB cannot advise churches on matters of law or how these new standards might affect individual churches. It is up to the leadership of each local church to determine compliance with all laws and regulations.
- In this short video, Richard Hammer does a great job of explaining the new crib regulations.
- CPSC’s Crib Information Center
- CPSC’s The Crib Standard: Questions and Answers (includes information on Hospital Cribs)
- Drop-side Cribs No Longer Safe for Childcare Centers, Churches