REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2019
- Updated information on food imports
- New information for foreign businesses preparing foods for export to Canada can now be found on the Food imports webpage.
- The requirements for Non-resident importers have also been further clarified.
Consult the CFIA’s guidance finder: food to search for the latest SFCR technical and regulatory information.
This letter is to inform you of the publication on February 9, 2019 of a notice with respect to the final screening assessment for hexanedioic acid, diisodecyl ester (also known as “DIDA”, CAS Registry No. 27178-16-1) and the Notice of Intent to apply the Significant New Activity (SNAc) provisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to DIDA, in the Canada Gazette, Part I.
You’re invited to participate in a free webinar on the draft 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the development of Canada’s National Strategy. If you’re curious about what the Government of Canada is doing to support implementation of the SDGs, this webinar is for you. When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (EST).
Health Canada would like to invite you to participate in a webinar on Canada’s new Food Guide released on January 22, 2019. Two webinar date options are available for you to choose from: February 25th and 26th, 2019. French and English versions of the same webinar will be offered on each day. Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m. EST.
Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of glutaminase from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens GT2 as a food enzyme in dairy-based flavouring preparations; hydrolyzed animal, milk and vegetable protein; yeast extract; and standardized egg products. The results of Health Canada’s evaluation of available scientific data support the safety and efficacy of glutaminase from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens GT2 for its requested uses. Therefore, Health Canada intends to modify the List of Permitted Food Enzymes as described in the information document.
The Government of Canada (the Government) assessed information on 18 substances new to Canada and determined that they meet the criteria for addition to the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Therefore, the Government added 18 substances to the DSL under the Order 2018-87-06-01 Amending the Domestic Substances List (Order 2018-87-06-01).
The Government identified potential human health and environmental concerns if 2 of the 18 substances (Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number [CAS RN] 13308-51-5 and Confidential Accession Number [CAN] 19216-4) are used in certain new activities. For this reason, the SNAc provisions under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) were applied to both substances before their addition to the DSL. As these substances are added to the DSL under Order 2018-87-06-01, reporting obligations under the significant new activity (SNAc) provisions of CEPA were maintained under the same Order.
All nine substances in this assessment were included in a survey conducted under a CEPA section 71 notice. Reported imported quantities ranged from 1 000 to 10 000 000 kg for five of the substances. Manufacturing and import activities were not reported for the four remaining substances. On the basis of the information presented in this screening assessment, it is concluded that the substances in the Benzoates Group do not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(c) of CEPA, as they are not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.
The OHS Act requires the Minister publish each year a 3-year plan for the review of the OHS Regulation and Code. The plan outlines areas for future review and renewal to ensure regulations are in alignment with other jurisdictions and reflect the changing nature of workplace hazards, industry best practices and emerging technology.
WorkSafe offers training tools for Sask. employers to create psychologically healthy workplaces The WCB has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of mental health claims Regina, SK – Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of mental health claims accepted. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is working to educate workers and employers on how to create safe and healthy workplaces. WorkSafe has a suite of psychological health and safety courses available on the WorkSafe website that the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) developed to help educate workers, supervisors and managers. In addition, employers are encouraged to take advantage of new resources made available to help create psychologically healthy work environments for their employees.
The province has published O.Reg 3/19 which requires employers to remove all 1988 version Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System labels and replace them with labels that meet the requirements of the Hazardous Products Regulations (WHMIS2015).
OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to submit information electronically from OSHA forms 300 and 301 to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to submit information electronically from OSHA Form 300A. The final rule helps avoid the risk of publicly disclosing sensitive employee information. The rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain the OSHA forms and employee records. The deadline for electronic submissions of 2018 data from the OSHA Form 300A is March 2, 2019.
Highlights of EPA’s FY 2018 enforcement accomplishments include:
- Commitments to treat, minimize, or properly dispose of over an estimated 540 million pounds of waste.
- Commitments to reduce, treat, or eliminate 268 million pounds of pollution (air, toxics, and water).
- Commitments to clean up over 244 million cubic yards of contaminated soil and water.
- Prevention of the illegal importation of approximately 2,200 vehicles and engines that fail to comply with EPA emissions standards.
- Reduction of exposure to lead through 140 enforcement actions impacting lead paint against renovation contractors, landlords, property managers, realtors, and others.
- Investment of nearly $4 billion in actions and equipment that achieve compliance with the law and control pollution.
- Cleanups and redevelopment at over 150 sites through use of Superfund enforcement tools.
- A total of 73 years of incarceration for individual criminal defendants.
Join NACD on Thursday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) for a webinar on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). During this webinar, Matt Fridley, Corporate Manager – Safety, Environmental, and Security for Brenntag North America and current Chairman of the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, and Kelly Murray, Branch Chief for DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance, will provide an overview of CFATS requirements, review compliance resources, and discuss emerging issues. Murray will also conduct a demonstration of the CFATS Personnel Surety Program Application designed to help facilities comply with the requirement to verify that certain individuals do not have terrorist ties.
Software attacks, theft of intellectual property or sabotage are just some of the many information security risks that organizations face. And the consequences can be huge. Most organizations have controls in place to protect them, but how can we ensure those controls are enough? The international reference guidelines for assessing information security controls have just been updated to help.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the IARC Monographs volume on pentachlorophenol and some related compounds is now available online. This volume includes four monographs: pentachlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, 3,3′,4,4′-tetrachloroazobenzene, and aldrin and dieldrin.
Snow and ice coming off commercial vehicles while in motion can be dangerous to other vehicles on the highway and can result in potential insurance claims, fines or civil litigation.