Canada

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 .

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.

Canada, US to Synchronize GHS Implementation

January 27, 2013

In the Spring of 2013, Health Canada proposed amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) as well as the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR). Their proposals will begin the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical labelling and classification in Canadian workplaces. Health Canada intends to align the with the American equivalent, aiming at a June 1, 2015 deadline.

Health Canada Launches Consultation on GHS Implementation

July 5, 2013

Canada: The Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, announced that Health Canada will begin consultation regarding the application of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals.

Ontario: Occupational Exposure Limits 2012 Update

June 15, 2012

Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) set an upper limit for the amount and length of time that a worker can be exposed to hazardous substances via inhalation. There are OELs for over 725 substances outlined in R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 833 (Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents) and Ontario Regulation 490/09 (Designated Substances) under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Canada: Notice with Respect to Certain Cobalt-Containing Substances

June 2, 2012

Canada's Chemicals Management Plan  (CMP) has identified several cobalt-containing substances as a priority for action. These cobalt-containing substances have been selected based both on the categorization process completed in 2006, and new information received as during the first phase of the program. Cobalt-containing substances have been identified domestically and internationally as a priority for further assessment.

Canada: Final Update on the Human Health Assessment of Long-Chain Chlorinated Alkanes

May 12, 2012

 

The Final Update on the Human Health Assessment of Long-Chain Chlorinated Alkanes has beeen released and published in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

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