The Government of Canada has announced that new Occupational
Health and Safety regulations under the Canada Labour
Code, which are intended to better protect federally regulated
workers who use, handle and store hazardous products in the
workplace, will be published in Part II of the Canada
As we have written about in our
previous blog posts, these amendments are part of a national
and international initiative to implement the "Globally
Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of
Chemicals", known as "GHS", which is a worldwide
standard of communicating the hazards associated with workplace
hazardous chemicals. The Government notes that, in addition to
Canada, the United States, Australia, the European Union, and
China, among others, are already in the process of implementing the
GHS. Applying an international standard for workplace
hazardous chemicals will streamline hazard information among
suppliers from many of Canada's trading partners, which will,
among other things, facilitate trade and reduce compliance costs
associated with shipment of products across borders.
The Government also notes that the creation of an international
standard for the classification and labelling of hazardous
workplace chemicals will serve to increase the health and safety of
workers in Canada while also improving their overall health and
safety of workers by providing clear and consistent information on
how to safely use hazardous materials in the workplace.
The amendments are contained in the following 5 Occupational
Health and Safety regulations under Part II of the Canada
For the Government of Canada's announcement, click here.
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