Canadian Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement
On August 9, 2014 the government of Canada has published a Regulatory Impact Analysis statement (Vol. 148 No. 32 Canada Gazette) regarding the adoption of the GHS to revise the classification and hazards communication requirements related to workplace hazardous chemicals. Expanding global trade without adoption of GHS would makes it increasingly complex to maintain clear, consistent, and easily accessible information for workers. Adoption of GHS is expected to reduce costs for industry while simultaneously enhancing the health and safety of Canadian workers.
Upon adoption of GHS in Canada
• As a result of Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Action Plan in December 2011, the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) would be repealed and replaced new Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). The proposed HPR would considerably harmonize Canadian classification and hazard communication requirements for workplace to the United States Hazard Communication Standard.
• Adoption of GHS in proposed HPR would necessitate major amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations; Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations, Hazardous Materials Information Review Act Appeal Board Procedures Regulations, Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, and Safety of Human Cells, Tissues and Organs for Transplantation Regulations. In addition New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers), and Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations that are required under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 would be revised.
• The Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations and the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act Appeal Board Procedures Regulations would be amended to reflect changes to the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act that came into force on April 1, 2013.
In order to align and synchronize the implementation of the GHS for workplace hazardous chemicals with the United States, the proposed regulatory changes would need to come into force no later than June 1, 2015.
The public comments on the proposed HPR are due to September 8, 2014.