This news update on the Proposal to Implement GHS in Canada is brought to you by Health Canada.
From June 29 to September 15, 2013, Health Canada conducted public consultations on draft regulations to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Building on the feedback received from this and other stakeholder engagements, Health Canada has released the proposed Hazardous Products Regulations, along with a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for public comment.
Health Canada is seeking written comments from all interested parties on this proposal to repeal and replace the Controlled Products Regulations, and make consequential amendments to related regulations, to implement the GHS in Canada.
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 (OSHA).
The proposed regulatory amendments would support the Government of Canada in facilitating international trade through common labelling and other hazard communication requirements; lowering costs for businesses and consumers by reducing the need for re-testing and re-classifying chemicals from, or for, different markets; and increasing worker protections through the adoption of a globally recognized standard for communicating the hazards associated with workplace chemicals.
For more information on the proposal to implement GHS in Canada, please visit the Health Canada link above. Please contact Nexreg for our GHS Compliance services.