Canadian representatives of federal, provincial and territorial governments and stakeholders (e.g., suppliers, employers and workers) have been involved in the development of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), under the auspices of the United Nations, for more than 20 years.
Over the years, Health Canada has consulted at length with Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) partners and stakeholders on the GHS and its implementation regarding workplace hazardous chemicals. This has been done under the Intergovernmental WHMIS Coordinating Committee (IWCC), which is made up of representatives of federal, provincial and territorial occupational health and safety agencies, as well as with the WHMIS Current Issues Committee (CIC), which is made up of IWCC members as well as representatives from supplier, employer, and worker organizations.
See Administration and Consultation for more information about the IWCC and CIC.
On August 9, 2014, Health Canada released a draft of the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for public comment. The comment period closed on September 8, 2014. Health Canada received comments from 47 stakeholders on the content of the regulatory package, as well as on the timing of coming-into-force and transition.
For more information on the comments received, please see the Summary of Comments on the Proposed Hazard Products Regulations table.
Health Canada analyzed the comments on the content of the regulations based on the principles of the Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment to align and synchronize implementation of the GHS in Canada and the United States (U.S.) without reducing protections for workers and while respecting existing legislative frameworks.
The resulting regulatory changes have been divided into the following areas:
- revisions to the proposed regulations to increase alignment with the implementation of the GHS in the U.S.;
- revisions to the proposed regulations to address other issues raised by stakeholders that cannot be addressed by any other means; and,
- revisions to address technical issues identified during internal review that are necessary to maintain the integrity and intent of the regulations.
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