Lifting the interim policy for cleaning products for use, handling or storage in workplaces (COVID-19): Notice

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Lifting the interim policy

Health Canada created an interim policy to help make available certain workplace hazardous cleaning products that did not fully meet certain labelling and information regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of these requirements include unilingual labelling and information or pictograms that are not exactly as outlined in the regulations.

These requirements are set out in the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). We are lifting this interim policy on April 29, 2022.

As of this date, all workplace hazardous products on the market must meet all regulatory labelling and information requirements set out in the HPA and HPR. These products include cleaning products for use, handling or storage in workplaces previously covered by this interim policy.

Why we introduced the interim policy

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented situation. There were concerns around supply shortages for workplace hazardous cleaning products regulated under the HPA and their associated regulations. Suppliers who identified a growing global demand for cleaning products told us of potential shortages in early 2020.

To avoid shortages, we implemented an interim policy on April 27, 2020, as a temporary, short-term measure. The measure covered certain workplace hazardous cleaning products that did not fully meet the labelling and information regulatory requirements.

We took this unusual step to make sure employers and workers would have access to workplace hazardous cleaning products.

We said at the time we would lift the interim policy when the regular supply for these products stabilized.

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at hc.whmis-simdut.sc@canada.ca.

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