REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2019
The Notice applies to any person or class of persons who, in 2018 or any time thereafter, owns or operates a facility that releases into the ambient air 100 kg or more of TDIs per calendar year.
- Openness and Transparency at the CFIA – What We Learned Report
The What We Learned Report summarizing feedback received through the CFIA external consultation on openness and transparency conducted from June 20 to August 2, 2018 is now available on the CFIA website. To reach the objective of the CFIA being open by design, the Open and Transparent Agency Framework and Open and Transparent Agency Policy that were shared with stakeholders during this consultation have been revised to integrate relevant feedback received.
On the basis of the information presented in this screening assessment, it is concluded that TEHT, BTIT and TTDT 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.
March 4, 2019 8:30-11:30 Ottawa, Ontario
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the Government of Canada’s main tool for sustainable development planning and reporting. Canada’s draft 2019 to 2022 FSDS is currently open for public consultation while the act mandating the FSDS is under review in Parliament.
The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create Prevent Occupational Disease, an online repository of current and credible occupational disease resources from Canada and around the world, reminding us to Prevent Today for Health Tomorrow. The website, aimed at reducing illness and fatalities associated with occupational sources, is intended to help employers, supervisors, safety and health practitioners, and workers alike increase their understanding of occupational diseases and ways they may be prevented.
Ontario’s proposed regulatory approach combines emissions reductions standards while recognizing the unique circumstances of Ontario’s economy and its manufacturing sector. These made-in-Ontario emissions standards will consider factors such as trade exposure, competiveness and process emissions. Similar to approved systems in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the proposed approach would set sector or facility-level greenhouse gas emissions performance standards that industrial facilities are required to meet and tie emissions to the level of output or production from these facilities, rather than an absolute cap on emissions for the province. Each industrial facility would be required to demonstrate compliance annually.
On January 1, 2020, the WSIB’s new rate-setting model takes effect, introducing a standardized classification system for businesses that will better reflect your claims experience. It will also help you plan ahead by projecting future rates for your business, and offer more clarity around how premium rates are set and adjusted.
These changes mean 50,000 Ontario workplaces no longer need to send workers for a five-day classroom course. By cutting red tape, Minister Scott is providing flexibility by making online courses fully available to Ontario businesses, reducing the time needed to take the first part of the course.
OSHA has a new video on inspections under its ammonium nitrate emphasis program.
EPA’s Action Plan will move forward with the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) process outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act for PFOA and PFOS—two of the most well-known and prevalent PFAS chemicals, continue our enforcement actions and clarify our clean up strategies, expand monitoring of PFAS in the environment, and enhance our research and scientific foundation for addressing PFAS by developing new analytical methods and tools.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), today issued a final rule that requires railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans for route segments traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFTs). The rule applies to HHFTs that are transporting petroleum oil in a block of 20 or more loaded tank cars and trains that have a total of 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced today that it is taking steps to promote safer alternatives to a toxic chemical found in many nail products
OELs are established following a process involving a series of steps. The process begins with a request from the European Commission to ECHA to prepare a proposal for consideration by RAC. The preparation of the proposal may also rely on relevant information collected through a call for evidence. All completed proposals for OELs are subject to a two-month public consultation.
On Thursday, February 7, 2019 at approximately 7:00 AM EST, Keith Gilmore, a 35-year-old Norfolk Southern Conductor died after sustaining injuries during a shove movement in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Gilmore was riding equipment, positioned on the side of a railcar on the leading end of a shove movement at the time of the accident. His body came into contact with standing equipment on an adjacent track, and he was subsequently struck by his movement. Norfolk Southern extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Gilmore’s family, friends, and co-workers.