Canada: Notice of Intent for Proposal to Remove the Consumer Product Exclusion from the Hazardous Products Act

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By: Sarah D’Mello, Senior Product Safety Specialist, email

Health Canada (HC) is requesting feedback from stakeholders about the possible amendment to remove the consumer product exclusion from the Hazardous Products Act (HPA). In Canada, consumer products are regulated under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its associated regulations, including the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR, 2001).

There has been an increasing concern for the safety of workers using consumer products in the workplace. Consumer products are excluded from the HPA, thus suppliers are not required to provide SDSs and labels compliant with the Act. The objective of the proposal is to have suppliers provide workers and employers with the necessary hazard information required by the HPA and Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR).

Health Canada is considering the following regulatory amendments:

  • Remove the consumer product exclusion from Schedule 1 of the HPA
  • Exempt suppliers of consumer products from the labelling requirements of the HPA and HPR;
  • Require suppliers of consumer products that meet the definition of a hazardous product under the HPA to provide a safety data sheet upon request.

To take part in this consultation, email whmis-simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca to request a comment package.

The consultation will be active until March 16, 2023.

Sources:

Government of Canada. (2023). Consultation: Notice of Intent for proposal to remove the consumer product exclusion from the Hazardous Products Act. Retrieved from Government of Canada website.

Contact:
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Sarah D’Mello 
Senior Product Safety Specialist
519-858-5021
sarah@delltech.com


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