Canada – Different Realms, Different Rules
By: Kirsten Alcock, Manager of Product Safety, email
When a new client contacts us, one of the first things we ask is where is your intended market? This is a very important question to ask as the rules are different for retail versus workplace.
Earlier this month, I discussed the differences between combustible liquids for DOT versus TDG in Canada. In Canada, we also have differences for combustible liquids when it comes to the requirements for retail versus those for the workplace. The cut-off values for the regulations are different as are the statement requirements for your label.
Let’s look at the workplace first. The cut-off values for combustible liquids are found in the Hazardous Products Regulations. In accordance with SUBPART 6, Flammable liquids, a liquid that has a flash point of > 60°C and ≤ 93°C falls into the category Flammable Liquids – Category 4. The below are the mandated phrases for a product that has the aforementioned flash point values.
When we look at the CCCR regulations for Canada however, the cut-off values are very different as are the label statement requirements. A combustible liquid is one where the flash point is more than 37.8°C but not more than 60.0°C. There are very minimal statement requirements for a combustible liquid under the CCCR regulations.
As I demonstrated above, the regulations are very different for these two realms. If you need help in determining what your requirements are for retail or workplace, please contact us. We are happy to provide further guidance on the two regulations, what the cut-off values are as well as test your product if you do not know where it lands. Our lab is capable of performing the flash point testing required for both of these regulations. Don’t hesitate and contact us today.