MONTREAL - The Canadian Standards Association says helmets it has approved for alpine skiing and snowboarding could be ready for the next ski season if manufacturers act promptly.
The association has developed a new standard for helmets and is now ready to provide testing for certification of the protective headgear.
Spokesman Anthony Toderian says if manufacturers submit helmets for testing now and if they meet the new standard, companies should be able to get them to market for the fall.
Actress Natasha Richardson died last month from a brain injury she sustained after a fall at Quebec's Mont-Tremblant ski resort.
She was not wearing a helmet but Toderian says there's no way of knowing if Richardson would have been protected if she had been wearing an approved helmet.
The CSA says wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding can reduce the risk of a head injury by 60 per cent.