Highlights of the Proposed GHS in Canada

September 24, 2014

The proposed appeared in the Gazette on August 9th, 2014, with an aim to implement the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) in Canada by July 1st, 2015.

GHS Implementation Proposed in Canada for July 1st, 2015

August 9, 2014

On August 9th 2014, Canada proposed the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Gazette Part I, in order to implement the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). The proposal aims to bring the new HPR into force, no later than June 1, 2015.

Original text of the proposed .

US DOT Emergency Order on Transport of Petroleum Crude Oil by Rail

March 6, 2014

The US Secretary of Transportation issued an Amended Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order on March 6, 2014.

The order requires "all persons who offer for transporation, or transport, in tank cars by rail in commerce to, from and within the United States, a bulk quantity of petroleum crude oil" to:

1. ensure that the material is properly tested;

2. treat Class 3 petroleum crude oil as a Packing Group (GP) I or PG II hazardous material only;

3. not reclassify crude oil with the intent to circumvent the requirements of the Amended Order.

Canada: Federal Budget Provides for GHS Implementation

February 12, 2014

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes the federal government’s move to amend the Hazardous Products Act, as announced in the 2014-2015 federal budget. This is the first step that Canada needs to take to bring its system for classifying and labelling workplace chemicals in line with similar regulatory changes being made in the United States.

Environment Canada Announces Comment Period on Proposed VOC Exclusions

September 16, 2013

Environment Canada published a consultation document proposing the addition of several compounds to the exclusion list of VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), under Schedule 1 of the CEPA, 1999 available here (; published September 16th, 2013.

The comment period ends on October 15, 2013, and interested parties are invited to submit comments in writing to Environment Canada.

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