Health Canada Announces GHS Proposals

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Health Canada Announces GHS Proposals

In the June 29, 2013 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part 1, page 1605, Health Canada announced requesting comments on a proposal to repeal and replace the Controlled Products Regulations to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada, and to make consequential amendments to related regulations, such as regulations pursuant to the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act.  This is the next move in the long-awaited alignment of the Canadian WHMIS program with international standards, aimed at the creation of a harmonized global system. 

The proposed regulatory amendments will be made available to the public through Health Canada’s Web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2013/ghs-sgh/index-eng.php.
Any person may, until September 15, 2013, provide their comments on the proposed regulatory amendments, in writing, to Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate, Health Canada, 427 Laurier Avenue W, 7th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1M3, 613-993-9167 (telephone), 613-993-5016 (fax), whmis_simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca (email).

The implementation of the GHS through the proposed regulatory amendments is intended to achieve the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment to align and synchronize implementation of common classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals within the mandate of Health Canada and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It would also support the international trade through common labelling and other hazard communication requirements.  This is expected to lower costs for businesses and consumers by reducing the need for re-testing and re-classifying chemicals from, or for, different markets, and increase worker protection through the adoption of a globally recognized standard for communicating the hazards associated with workplace chemicals.  The final regs will be announced in 2014, and Health Canada expects federal changes in force by June 2015, with prov./terr. changes by 2016.
 

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