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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.

Canada Mandates Testing for Crude Oil in Response to Lac Megantic Disaster

October 17, 2013

Transport Canada has issued Protective Direction No. 31 which requires anyone who is transporting crude oil to on the crude oil.

Effective immediately, any person who imports or offers for transport crude oil must:

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.

ECHA Adds 10 SVHCs for Authorization

February 17, 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added another ten substances for authorization to the Candidate List. These substances, which are used in applications with potential worker exposure, have been classified as carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction.

Retail Industry Leaders Association: New SDS Initiative

January 22, 2013

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have announced a plan to increase the efficiency of the , required by law for providing chemical information for retailers by suppliers.

REACH: European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Raises Company Awareness

January 25, 2013

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in partnership with the industriALL-European Trade Union, have begun an information campaign to call attention to the obligations companies in the European Union have under REACH, the EU's regulation on chemicals.

California Prop 65: C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 and DMNM Known to Cause Cancer

February 7, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 (CAS No. 2832-40-8) and 2,6-dimethyl-N-nitrosomorpholine (DMNM) (CAS No. 1456-28-6) to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, as defined by Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). The measure is effective as of February 8, 2013.

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