January 2024 issue: Workplace Hazardous Products Program newsletter

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Highlight: Publication of additional technical decision trees

An additional set of technical decision trees that reflect the amended Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) are now available on WHMIS.org.

These trees help suppliers visualize the potential logic flow for classifying the health hazards of workplace hazardous products in Canada. They cover the classification requirements of each of the health hazard classes outlined in the 12 subparts of Part 8 of the amended HPR. In the event of a discrepancy between the technical decision trees and the regulations, the regulations prevail.

A set of technical decision trees published in March 2023 based on the former HPR will remain available on WHMIS.org until the end of the HPR transition period (December 2025).

New service standards for claims for exemption under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act

The service standards for confidential business information (CBI) claims for exemption under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA) are changing to reflect the new claims review process. The new service standards as specified below will come into effect on April 1, 2024.

New CBI service standards as of April 1, 2024
Number of claims filed in an application (original/refiled claims) Service delivery standard for the issuance of the registry number and communication on claim validity
1 to 15 10 business days
16 to 25 15 business days
26 and above 20 business days

The proposed new service standards were subject to a 30-day comment period from October 11 to November 10, 2023. We thank stakeholders for their valuable feedback.

The following is what we heard during the comment period:

Launch of the Common Online Payment System

Health Canada's Accounts Receivable has recently launched the Common Online Payment System. This new payment system allows users to send fees directly to Health Canada via online credit card payment.

Claimants filing a claim for exemption under the HMIRA may now use this system to pay required claims fees online.

Summary of UN GHS Sub-Committee of Experts 45th session

The 45th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS, collectively UNSCEGHS) took place in Geneva from December 6-8, 2023.

Overall, the recommendations that were put forward by the UNSCEGHS align with Canada's positions and interests, as follows:

Various additional updates included:

Further details can be found in the Report of the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals on its forty-fifth session.

Spring 2024 multi-stakeholder workshop: Final call-out for speakers and topics

As previously communicated, the second annual Workplace Hazardous Products Program multi-stakeholder workshop is planned for Spring 2024. The intent of this forum is to facilitate engagement and dialogue across the WHMIS community to improve participation and the exchange of knowledge.

We invite all interested stakeholder groups to propose discussion items that their organizations could lead as part of the upcoming workshop.

Please send proposed agenda items to whmis-simdut@hc-sc-gc.ca by January 31, 2024, including any relevant contact information for the individual(s) that would lead the discussion topic.

More details, including a save-the-date invitation, will be shared at a later date.

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Is there a topic that you would like us to include in a future newsletter? We would love to hear from you. Email us at whmis-simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca.

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