An integrated strategy for the protection of Canadian workers from exposure to chemicals
From Health Canada
Current status: Open
Opened on July 11, 2019 and will close to new input on August 30, 2019.
Health Canada is exploring ways to enhance the protection of workers from exposure to chemicals by integrating and leveraging the information, tools, and/or technical expertise of the Chemicals Management Plan and Health Canada's Workplace Hazardous Products Program.
In Canada, workplace health and safety is under the jurisdiction of the Federal [Health Canada (HC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)], Provincial, and Territorial (FPT) governments. HC administers the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA), and their regulations, which impose hazard communication and labelling requirements on suppliers. ESDC and the provincial and territorial governments administer legislation concerning workplaces that fall within their respective mandates. HC also administers the Pest Control Products Act, which requires occupational exposure to be included in the risk assessment of pesticides, and requires product safety information (for example, regarding hazards and required personal protection equipment) be available where the product is used, including in the workplace. While the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) is broad in scope, occupational exposure to chemicals of concern has not been included in CEPA 1999 risk assessments conducted within the context of the Government of Canada's Chemicals Management Plan.
HC has been working with FPT representatives from the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation, Occupational Safety and Health Committee (CAALL-OSH), the Canadian WHMIS Coordinators Committee (CWC), the Intergovernmental WHMIS Coordinating Committee (IWCC) and the WHMIS Current Issues Committee, to identify potential opportunities in a future iteration of the Government of Canada's chemicals management program. The purpose of this consultation is to solicit feedback on the proposed elements and activities outlined in the report. This feedback will be considered by Health Canada when it contributes to the development of the next phase of the Government of Canada's chemicals management activities.
The report is being shared with Canadians for transparency, and to provide an opportunity to the public to provide additional information or considerations on the topic.
Join in: how to participate
Send us an email
Send us an email with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard.
Participate by mail
Send a letter with your ideas or comments to the address in contact information below.
Who is the focus of this consultation
We're seeking input from all interested parties, including:
- Workers, employers, labour groups, and other associated groups
- Industry members and associated groups
- Health professionals and associated groups
- Academia and associated groups
Key questions for discussion
Please consider the following questions when submitting your comments:
- Are the activities described valuable?
- What factors need to be considered in the:
- Development of a FPT Committee on occupational health and safety (OHS)
- Development of a prioritization framework
- Prioritization of chemicals for occupational exposure limit development, research and monitoring or risk assessment
- Development of a targeted approach to chemical classification
- Development of compliance and enforcement priorities for WHMIS
- Does the FPT Committee on Drinking Water serve as a good model for FPT collaboration and coordination on OHS issues?
- What are some sources of data that could be leveraged to support a targeted approach to chemical classification?
- Are there specific areas where raising awareness is particularly critical?
- Summary of Results of Canadian Federal/Provincial/Territorial Survey on Chemicals and Workplace Exposures
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