Working in a laboratory: toxic substance regulations
The Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (the Regulations) prevent potential risks of harm to the Canadian environment and human health by prohibiting the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of 27 toxic substances and products containing these substances with a limited number of exemptions.
When do I need to report?
The prohibition does not apply to listed toxic substances, or to any products containing them, that are to be used in a laboratory for analysis, in scientific research or as a laboratory analytical standard. Users of the listed toxic substances for the above purposes are required to report certain information to the Minister as soon as feasible and before the use of more than 10 grams of any substance in a calendar year.
Reports must be submitted only once each calendar year for an individual substance. Reports for each substance must be submitted separately. As listed in Schedule 3 of the Regulations, the report must contain the following information.
Information respecting the laboratory and person authorized to act on behalf of the laboratory:
Information respecting the substance and the product, if applicable:
- The name of the listed toxic substance and the name of the product containing that toxic substance, if applicable;
- The anticipated period of its use;
- The estimated quantity of the toxic substance to be used in each calendar year and its unit of measurement;
- A description of each proposed or actual use;
- For products:
- The estimated quantity of the product to be used and its unit of measurement, and
- The estimated concentration of the listed toxic substance in the product and its unit of measurement.
Can additional substances be added to the Regulations?
Yes, the Regulations may be amended from time to time to modify current requirements or to add new substances. If you are using a substance newly added to the Regulations in a laboratory for analysis, in scientific research or as a laboratory analytical standard, reports on the use of more than 10 grams in a calendar year are due within 60 days of the coming-into-force of the amended regulations.
Where do I send my information?
Environment Canada has made a form available online for the submission of the required information. The form can be filled out, printed, signed and submitted by email or post. The form is available on the Management of Toxic Substances website.
To submit by email, send your signed form to: EC.interdiction-prohibition.EC@canada.ca
To submit by post, send your signed form to:
Chemicals Management Division
Environmental Protection Branch
351 Boulevard St. Joseph
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
List of substances subject to the Regulations (as of October 2016)
- Dodecachloropentacyclo [5.3.0.02,6.03,9.04,8] decane (Mirex)
- Polybrominated Biphenyls that have the molecular formula C12H(10-n)Brn in which "n" is greater than 2 (PBB)
- Polychlorinated Terphenyls that have the molecular formula C18H(14-n)Cln in which "n" is greater than 2 (PCT)
- Bis(Chloromethyl) ether that has the molecular formula C2H4Cl2O (BCME)
- Chloromethyl methyl ether that has the molecular formula C2H5ClO (CMME)
- (4-Chlorophenyl)cyclopropylmethanone,O-[(4-nitrophenyl)methyl]oxime that has the molecular formula C17H15ClN2O3 (NCC ether)
- N-Nitrosodimethylamine, which has the molecular formula C2H6N2O (NDMA)
- Hexachlorobutadiene, which has the molecular formula C4Cl6(HCBD)
- Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, which has the molecular formula C14H9Cl5 (DDT)
- Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
- Benzidine and benzidine dihydrochloride, which have the molecular formula C12H12N2 and C12H12N2.2HCl, respectively
- Hexane, 1,6-diisocyanato-, homopolymer, reaction products with alpha-fluoro-omega-2- hydroxyethyl-poly(difluoromethylene), C16-20-branched alcohols and 1-octadecanol
- 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, hexadecyl ester, polymers with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, gamma-omega-perfluoro-C10-16-alkyl acrylate and stearyl methacrylate
- 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-methylpropyl ester, polymer with butyl 2-propenoate and 2,5 furandione, gamma-omega-perfluoro-C8-14-alkyl esters, tert-Bu benzenecarbo peroxoate-initiated
- 2-Propen-1-ol, reaction products with pentafluoroiodoethane tetrafluoroethylene telomer, dehydroiodinated, reaction products with epichlorohydrin and triethylenetetramine
- 2-methoxyethanol, which has the molecular formula C3H8O2 (2-ME)
- Pentachlorobenzene, which has the molecular formula C6HCl5 (PeCB)
- Tetrachlorobenzenes, which have the molecular formula C6H2Cl4 (TeCB)
- Polychlorinated Naphthalenes (PCN)
- Short-Chain Chlorinated Alkanes (SCCA) formerly Chlorinated Paraffins
- Benzenamine, N-phenyl-, Reaction Products with Styrene and 2,4,4-Trimethylpentene (BNST)
- Tributyltins (TBTs)
- Hexabromocyclododecane, which has the molecular formula C12H18Br6 (HBCD)
- Perfluorooctanoic acid, which has the molecular formula C7F15CO2H, its salts, and its precursors (PFOA)
- Perfluorocarboxylic acids that have the molecular formula CnF2n+1CO2H in which 8 ≤ n ≤ 20, their salts and their precursors (Long-Chain PFCAs)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethersthat have the molecular formula C12H(10-n)BrnO in which 4 ≤ n ≤ 10 (PBDEs)
- Perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and its precursors (PFOS)
This fact sheet is issued for information purposes only and may not include all legal requirements. If there is any inconsistency or conflict between the information contained in this document and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and/or the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012, the official version of the Act and Regulations take precedence.
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