COVID-19 cleaning products for use, handling or storage in workplaces

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation where supply may not meet the demand for cleaning products regulated under the following Canadian legislation:

These products are intended for use, handling or storage in a workplace in Canada.

Cleaning products covered under the interim policy

We're facilitating the sale and importation of certain cleaning products regulated under the HPA/HPR and, as applicable, HMIRA coming from the U.S. into Canada which do not fully meet all of our labelling and information requirements below:

However, the interim policy does not change the enforcement priority for all other regulatory requirements.

The interim policy covers the following cleaning products regulated under the HPA/HPR and, as applicable, HMIRA:

How to import under this interim policy

Before importing under this interim policy, importers are required to fill out a form and email it to hc.whmis-simdut.sc@canada.ca.

Importers are also required to:

This interim policy also covers a secondary seller selling a cleaning product regulated under the HPA/HPR and, as applicable, HMIRA coming from the U.S. that doesn't fully meet Canadian regulations. The seller must obtain proof that Health Canada has received the applicable form for that particular cleaning product. Posting of the product on the list of forms received for cleaning products for use, handling, or storage in workplaces is sufficient proof.

Note: Health Canada will lift the interim policy when the regular supply stabilizes.

Remember to continue to keep records on the source and the destination of your products.

Workers and employers using, handling or storing a cleaning product should refer to the list of forms received for cleaning products for use, handling, or storage in workplaces. Employers using products found on the list are also encouraged to refer to this information and to communicate it to their employees. Employers and workers should also contact their occupational health and safety regulatory agency for any information about workplace safety.

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