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Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation.
On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published in Gazette II (Vol. 149, no. 3) the final regulation for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The final Hazardous Product Regulation (HPR) appears to be nearly identical to the proposed regulation published in Gazette I in August of 2014 (Vol. 148, no. 32) and is closely aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) published on May 26, 2012 (U.S. HCS 2012). The transition period to the HPR is effective immediately. The transition period allows manufacturers and importers the flexibility to use either system of classification and labeling until June 1, 2017.
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