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Public Consult Begins for Canada's Harmonized Chemical LabelingFriday, August 09, 2013 > 13:03:04
Public consultation is underway for Health Canada’s implementation of its Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada.
GHS is an international system that will replace WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) in 2015.
It was first proposed by the United Nations in 1992 and major jurisdictions around the world have been working toward implementation in the 2010-2015 timeframe.
A working group within the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation is trying to ensure harmony between the two GHS systems.
GHS in Canada will fall under the Hazardous Products Act, but it will be governed by a new regulation to be known as the Hazardous Products Regulations. The current Controlled Products Regulations (SOR/88-66) will be revoked, and the relevant regulations will be amended as a consequence.
The Hazardous Products Regulations will retain the principle in the Controlled Products Regulations that classification should not require additional testing. However, the classification of mixtures would be more structured than is currently the case, with classification based on the evaluation of the substance, using all available data, against the criteria for each hazard classification.