REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 19, 2020
In March 2020, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the postponement of International Roadcheck due to the coronavirus pandemic, with new dates to be determined. CVSA has now rescheduled International Roadcheck for Sept. 9-11.
International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-volume, high-visibility inspection and enforcement initiative when CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols. Over that three-day time frame, law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor vehicles for compliance with federal regulations and utilize the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria to identify critical inspection item violations.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has decommissioned the release service options known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Other Government Departments (OGD) Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and the OGD Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD).
As of today, import declarations must be submitted to CFIA via the Single Window (SW) Integrated Import Declaration (IID) or paper submissions. All declarations submitted as an original via OGD PARS or OGD RMD will be rejected.
If you would like to become certified for IID, please contact CBSA`s Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) at email@example.com or (613) 946-0762.
The Government of Canada conducted a science-based evaluation, called a screening assessment, to address the potential for harm to Canadians and to the environment from the Poly(amines) Group. As a result of the assessment, the Government is concluding that the 9 substances in the Poly(amines) Group are not harmful to human health at levels of exposure current at the time of the assessment.
The Government is also concluding that these substances are not entering the environment at levels that are harmful to the environment.
The Government of Canada conducted a science-based evaluation, called a screening assessment, to address the potential for harm to Canadians and to the environment from silver and its compounds. As a result of the draft screening assessment, the Government is proposing that silver and its compounds are not harmful to human health at levels of exposure considered in the assessment.
The Government is also proposing that the seven substances in the Silver and its Compounds Group are not harmful to the environment. Although silver and its compounds may have an environmental effect of concern, it was determined that the risk posed by these substances to the environment is not of concern at levels of exposure considered in the assessment. Although silver and its compounds are not considered to be harmful to the environment at levels of exposure considered in the assessment, silver may have an environmental effect of concern due to its potential to cause adverse effects on organisms at low concentrations. Therefore, there may be a concern if exposures were to increase. For this reason, follow-up activities to track releases of silver to the environment and to collect more information on silver levels in effluents and the sediment compartment are being considered. The public is invited to comment on this assessment during the 60-day public comment period ending on October 14, 2020.
The Government of Canada conducted a science-based evaluation, called a screening assessment, to address the potential for harm to Canadians and to the environment from 8 of the substances referred to collectively as the Aromatic Amines Group. The Government of Canada published Risk Management Scope for Aromatic Amines Group, specifically: Benzenamine, N,N-dimethyl- (dimethylaniline) on August 15, 2020. Information is being sought by the Government to inform risk management decision-making. Details can be found in the risk management scope, including where to send information during the public comment period, ending October 14, 2020.
Health Canada has issued an invitation to participate in a webinar to review changes to the Guidelines for environmental control of drugs during storage and transportation (GUI-0069). GUI-0069 will be posted on the Health Canada website for final publication over the next few weeks. At this time the English webinar is full. RDC has asked if a second session will be scheduled. We will update members in next week’s regulatory newsletter.
Monitoring the levels of chemical and microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens and gluten in the food supply helps CFIA identify food safety hazards and develop risk management strategies to minimize potential risks to Canadians.
When non-compliance is found, CFIA takes appropriate action. These actions may include notifying the manufacturer or importer, requesting a corrective action, additional inspections, conducting further sampling or product seizure and/or recall.
We have released our first update to the online version of the 2019-2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS)! You are now able to view progress towards the FSDS’s targets. This update is part of our commitment to keep the conversation about sustainable development going and promote transparency.
We have published eight results to FSDS targets and included links to the latest Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicator program for more detailed information. By clicking on a target’s title, you can see the latest progress towards the target along with graphs and data tables.
The new legislation contains 34 provisions that include housekeeping amendments and changes relating to compensation, assessment, and occupational health and safety matters.
The Ontario government has selected a consulting team led by the Climate Risk Institute to conduct the province’s first-ever multi-sector climate change impact assessment. The study will use the best science and information to better understand where and how climate change is likely to affect communities, critical infrastructure, economies and the natural environment, while helping to strengthen the province’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
As our economy is slowly reopening and with consumers shopping for groceries or picking up home improvement supplies, managing traffic flow and maintaining physical distancing in your business can be a challenge. Controls such as physical barriers, signage and floor markings have already been implemented and many Ontarians have experienced this new shopping experience.
Masks are now mandatory in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia, including retail businesses, shopping centres, personal services businesses, restaurants and bars, government locations offering services to the public, common areas of office buildings, and many more. Depending on your industry, specific guidelines and recommendations may vary.
The CSB’s reporting rule requires prompt reports to the CSB from owners or operators of facilities that experience an accidental release of a regulated substance or extremely hazardous substance that results in a death, serious injury or substantial property damage.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration invites you to participate in free webinars that are specialized to meet the needs of the hazmat industry and the public safety community. These webinars provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements – what they are, how they apply, and how to comply with them – for shipping and transporting hazardous materials.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation of 1-Bromopropane (1-BP).
The European Chemicals Agency has launched a consultation regarding these two substances. The consultation closes October 7, 2020.
Diisocyanates should not be used on their own or as a constituent in other substances or in mixtures for industrial and professional uses in concentrations above 0.1 % by weight after 24 August 2023. Placing on the market will be restricted earlier – as of 24 February 2022.
Diisocyanates are respiratory and skin sensitisers. They are mainly used to make polyurethane products, such as foams, sealants and coatings. Restricting their use is estimated to prevent over 3 000 new cases of occupational asthma per year in the EU. Read more about the conditions of the restriction in the Commission Regulation.
Cancer and other long-latency diseases are challenging for workers’ compensation systems. As our knowledge of the chronic health effects of workplace exposures has increased, compensation for workplace cancer has become an important issue for workers employed in hazardous industries, as well as the unions that represent them and their employers. However, it has emerged as a public issue in recent decades through reports in the mass media and greater awareness of the link between exposure to workplace carcinogens and cancer.
This webinar is geared to employers who have employees who drive and for employees who drive to work and for work.