Errata, Clarification and Amendments -Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) - WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements

July 2019

The following errata, clarification and amendments are being published to correct errors, provide clarification, or address amendments to the Hazardous Products Regulations, in the Technical Guidance document.

1. Amendment to the Hazardous Products Regulations to permit prescribed concentration ranges

An amendment to the Hazardous Products Regulations came into force on April 4, 2018, permitting the use of prescribed concentration ranges for hazardous ingredients on safety data sheets if the actual concentration or actual concentration range of these ingredients are withheld as a trade secret. Pursuant to this amendment, certain subparts under "Part 4 Safety Data Sheet" of the Technical Guidance are no longer up-to-date.

Before amendment

A discussion of the former section 4.5 of the Hazardous Products Regulations is found on page 134, with further guidance in Appendix 3 - Guidance on the Disclosure of Ingredient Concentrations and Concentration Ranges on Safety Data Sheets on pages 148 to 154 and Appendix 4 - Comparison of Ingredient Concentration Disclosure and CBI Protection Requirements on page 155.

Page 88 reads "Further information with regard to concentration ranges can be found in Appendix 3 of Part 4 of the Technical Guidance."

There is a reference to "Appendix 3 to this chapter" on pages 121, 133, 134 (section 4.4) and 140.

Page 133 reads "If the concentration or the actual concentration range of an ingredient…The term 'actual concentration range' is used in section 4.5 of the HPR"

Page 140 reads "Section 4.5 of the HPR sets out a provision whereby, under specified circumstances, the SDS must disclose the actual concentration range of an ingredient in a mixture."

Page 183 reads "See Appendix 3 for more information on concentration disclosure requirements and CBI."

Page 502 reads "(see items 3(2)(d) of Schedule 1 and section 4.5 of the HPR)."

After amendment

The Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations is available. This document replaces the discussion of section 4.5 of the Hazardous Products Regulations and Appendix 3 and 4 of Part 4. The reference to Appendix 3 and 4 of Part 4 in the Table of Contents is no longer applicable.

Section 4.5 of the Technical Guidance is replaced by the discussions of subsections 4.4.1(1), 4.4.1(2), 4.4.1(3), 4.4.1(4), 4.5(1), 4.5(2), 4.5(3), and 4.5(4) of the Hazardous Products Regulations of the Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations. Appendix 3 and 4 of the Technical Guidance are replaced by Appendix 1 and 2, respectively, of the Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations.

Page 88 reads "Further information with regard to concentration ranges can be found in Appendix 1 of the Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations."

The reference to "Appendix 3 to this chapter" on pages 121, 133, 134 (section 4.4) and 140 is replaced with a reference to "Appendix 1 of the Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations".

Page 133 reads "If the actual concentration or the actual concentration range of an ingredient…The term 'actual concentration' and 'actual concentration range' is used in section 4.4.1 and 4.5 of the HPR, respectively,"

Page 140 reads "Sections 4.4.1 and 4.5 of the HPR set out provisions whereby, under specified circumstances, the SDS must disclose the actual concentration or actual concentration range of an ingredient in a mixture, respectively."

Page 183 reads "See Appendix 1 of the Guidance on the Use of Concentration Ranges Pursuant to the Hazardous Products Regulations for more information on disclosure requirements and CBI."

Page 502 reads "(see items 3(2)(d) of Schedule 1 and section 4.4.1 or section 4.5 of the HPR)."

2. Clarification on classifying substances that have been evaluated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) with regards to carcinogenicity

Page 429 of English version

Before amendment

Substances evaluated by IARC, NTP or ACGIH

If a substance has been evaluated and determined to be carcinogenic by one or more of the following organizations, the substance must be considered carcinogenic under the HPR.

After amendment

Substances evaluated by IARC, NTP or ACGIH

Health Canada considers the determinations of IARC and NTP as sufficient evidence in establishing the classification of a carcinogen. If the classifier uses the determinations of IARC or NTP then they do not have to conduct their own evaluation with regards to carcinogenicity based on established scientific principles. However, if the classifier does perform their own hazard evaluation and their determination differs from that of IARC and/or NTP, they would need to substantiate with sufficient evidence based on established scientific principles why their classification result differs from that of IARC and/or NTP. Note, in this scenario, the classifier cannot simply cast doubt on some of the evidence used by IARC and/or NTP, rather the classifier would need sufficient quantity and quality of evidence to justify a lower classification. Health Canada may request access, at any time, to that evidence to validate, as required.

3. Errors found in the Transition Timelines to WHMIS 2015 - Page 8 in English version / Page 9 in French version:

Before correction

Phase 1: From February 11, 2015 until May 31, 2017, suppliers (manufacturers and importers) can use WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 to classify and communicate the hazards of their products. Suppliers must use a label and (material) safety data sheet ((M)SDS) for each hazardous product that either fully comply with the requirements of WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015, but not a combination of the two.

Phase 2: Beginning June 1, 2018 and continuing until May 31, 2018, distributors can continue to sell, and suppliers importing for their own use, can continue to import hazardous products with labels and (M)SDSs that are compliant with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015. During this phase, all other suppliers are required to comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements.

After correction

Phase 1: From February 11, 2015 until May 31, 2018, suppliers (manufacturers and importers) can use WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 to classify and communicate the hazards of their products. Suppliers must use a label and (material) safety data sheet ((M)SDS) for each hazardous product that either fully comply with the requirements of WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015, but not a combination of the two.

Phase 2: Beginning June 1, 2018 and continuing until August 31, 2018, distributors can continue to sell, and suppliers importing for their own use, can continue to import hazardous products with labels and (M)SDSs that are compliant with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015. During this phase, all other suppliers are required to comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements.

Before correction

Phase Timing Suppliers EmployerFootnote *
Manufacturers and Importers Distributors

Footnotes

Footnote *

Requirements may vary - consult your local jurisdiction for their WHMIS requirements and transition timing. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can be found at WHMIS.org.

Return to footnote * referrer

Phase 1 From February 11, 2015
to May 31, 2017
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Phase 2 From June 1, 2017 to
May 31, 2018
WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Phase 3 From June 1, 2018 to
November 30, 2018
WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Completion December 1, 2018 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015Footnote *

After correction

Phase Timing Suppliers EmployerFootnote *
Manufacturers and Importers Distributors

Footnotes

Footnote *

Requirements may vary - consult your local jurisdiction for their WHMIS requirements and transition timing. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can be found at WHMIS.org.

Return to footnote * referrer

Phase 1 From February 11, 2015 to May 31, 2018 WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Phase 2 From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015
WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Phase 3 From June 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 1988 or
WHMIS 2015Footnote *
Completion December 1, 2018 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015 WHMIS 2015Footnote *

4. Error found in the English version of the Technical Guidance

Regarding the Discussion of the Hazardous Products Regulations - Subsection 8.3.11(2) - Table 1 Concentration of ingredients of a mixture classified in Skin Corrosion - Category 1 and/ or Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 or Eye Irritation - Category 2 that triggers classification of the mixture in Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 or Eye Irritation - Category 2 - Page 388 in English version / Page 417 in French version:

Before correction

Sum of ingredients classified in Concentration triggering classification of a mixture in:
Serious Eye Damage Eye Irritation
Category 1 Category 2
Skin Corrosion - Category 1 + Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 (see Note below) ≥3% ≥ 1% but < 3%
Eye Irritation - Category 2   ≥ 10%
10 x (Skin Corrosion - Category 1 + Serious Eye Damage - Category 1) (see Note below) + eye Category 2   ≥ 10%

Note: If an ingredient is classified in both Skin Corrosion - Category 1 and Serious Eye Damage - Category 1, its concentration is considered only once in the calculation.

(GHS, 5th revised edition, 2013, Table 3.3.3)

After correction

Sum of ingredients classified in Concentration triggering classification of a mixture in:
Serious Eye Damage Eye Irritation
Category 1 Category 2
Skin Corrosion - Category 1 + Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 (see Note below) ≥3% ≥ 1% but < 3%
Eye Irritation - Category 2   ≥ 10%
10 x (Skin Corrosion - Category 1 + Serious Eye Damage - Category 1) (see Note below) + Eye Irritation - Category 2   ≥ 10%

Note: If an ingredient is classified in both Skin Corrosion - Category 1 and Serious Eye Damage - Category 1, its concentration is considered only once in the calculation.

(GHS, 5th revised edition, 2013, Table 3.3.3)

5. Error found in the French version of the Technical Guidance

Regarding the Discussion of the Hazardous Products Regulations - Subsection 8.3.11(2) - Table 1 Concentration of ingredients of a mixture classified in Skin Corrosion - Category 1 and/ or Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 or Eye Irritation - Category 2 that triggers classification of the mixture in Serious Eye Damage - Category 1 or Eye Irritation - Category 2 - Page 388 in English version / Page 417 in French version:

Before correction

Somme des concentrations des ingrédients classes dans la catégorie suivante : Concentration entraînant la classification dans la catégorie suivante :
Lésions oculaires graves Irritation oculaire
Catégorie 1 Catégorie 2
« Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » + « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 » (voir remarque ci-dessous) ≥3 % ≥1 %, mais <3 %
« Irritation oculaire - catégorie 2 »   ≥10 %
10 x (« Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » + « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 ») (voir remarque ci-dessous)   ≥10 %

Remarque : Si un ingrédient est classé à la fois dans la catégorie « Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » et dans la catégorie « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 », sa concentration n'est comptée qu'une seule fois dans le calcul.

(SGH, 5e édition révisée, 2013, tableau 3.3.3)

After correction

Somme des concentrations des ingrédients classes dans la catégorie suivante : Concentration entraînant la classification dans la catégorie suivante :
Lésions oculaires graves Irritation oculaire
Catégorie 1 Catégorie 2
« Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » + « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 » (voir remarque ci-dessous) ≥3 % ≥1 %, mais <3 %
« Irritation oculaire - catégorie 2 »   ≥10 %
10 x (« Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » + « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 ») (voir remarque ci-dessous) + « Irritation oculaire - catégorie 2 »   ≥10 %

Remarque : Si un ingrédient est classé à la fois dans la catégorie « Corrosion cutanée - catégorie 1 » et dans la catégorie « Lésions oculaires graves - catégorie 1 », sa concentration n'est comptée qu'une seule fois dans le calcul.

(SGH, 5e édition révisée, 2013, tableau 3.3.3)

6. Adjustment to the Fees Associated with Claims for Exemption - Page 508 in English version / Page 550 in French version:

Before correction

Payment information

The claim must be presented with the prescribed fee (refer to sections 4, 5 and 7 of the HMIRR):

Claim

Type
Per claim

(claims 1-15)
Volume discount Small Business

(claims 1-15)
Small Business Volume discount
claims 16-25 >claims 25
Claims 16-25 >claims 25
Original $1,800 each $400 each $200 each $900 each $200 each $100 each
Refile $1,440 each $320 each $160 each $720 each $160 each $80 each

To be eligible for the small business fee, the claimant must have had a gross annual revenue of not more than three million dollars in the year prior to filing, and employ not more than 100 employees.

After correction

Payment information

Effective April 1, 2019, annual fee adjustment in accordance with the Service Fees Act (SFA) will apply to fees associated with claims for exemption filed under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act. For a summary of the annual adjusted fees, please refer to the claim for exemption fee structure.

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