Changes to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) were introduced in March 2014 through Bill C-31, The Economic Action Plan 2014 Act (another of the Conservative’s omnibus budget bills), which passed into law in June.
The new Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) came into force on February 11, 2015. The new regulations will implement the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) hazard classification criteria and communication requirements – this includes updates to product labels and safety data sheets (SDS).
The new regulations will implement changes in five broad areas:
- How the classification of hazardous products is established;
- The classification of physical hazards;
- The classification of health hazards;
- Hazard communication and other information about safety precautions; and
- Exemptions (e.g.: sawdust, cosmetics, pesticides) — listed in Appendix A of the new Hazardous Products Act