Consultation: Notice of Intent for proposal to remove the consumer product exclusion from the Hazardous Products Act

Current status: Open

Opened on December 15, 2022 and closes on March 16, 2023

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Health Canada is seeking comments and feedback from Canadians and stakeholders regarding potential amendments to remove the consumer product exclusion from the Hazardous Products Act (HPA).

The main objective of this proposal is to require that suppliers communicate and provide workers and employers with hazard and safety information required under the HPA and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) for consumer products that are hazardous products intended for use, handling or storage in a workplace in Canada in order to inform workers and employers of hazards associated with these products.

Health Canada is considering potential regulatory amendments that would:

  1. remove the consumer product exclusion from Schedule 1 to the HPA;
  2. exempt suppliers of consumer products from the labelling requirements of the HPA and HPR; and,
  3. require that suppliers of consumer products that meet the definition of a hazardous product under the HPA provide a safety data sheet upon request.

How to participate

To participate in this consultation, please send us an email at: whmis-simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca to express your interest and to request a comment package. We will email you a copy of the Notice of Intent and instructions to provide your comments.

This consultation is active for a 70-day comment period, between December 15, 2022 and March 16, 2023.

Who is the focus of this consultation

Comments are also welcome from members of the general public.

Goals of the consultation

Through this consultation, Health Canada intends to gather comments from Canadians and interested parties for feedback on the proposed changes.

Health Canada will use the input received through this consultation to inform next steps, including a cost-benefit analysis of the proposal. Any future regulatory proposal would be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for further stakeholder consultation in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Cabinet Directive on Regulation.

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Contact us

Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau
Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate
Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Address Locator: 4908A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Email: whmis-simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca

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