REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF JULY 29, 2019
This Notice of Intent (NOI) is an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed amendments to the Domestic Substances List (DSL) to vary the Significant New Activity (SNAc) requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) for 105 substances, and to rescind the SNAc requirements for 5 substances, pursuant to subsection 87(3) of the Act.
The amendments include written reports to Health Canada for theft or loss, suspicious transactions, annual reporting and specific procedures for record keeping and changing qualified and senior persons in charge. The consultation period ends September 24, 2019. RDC will review and submit commentary. Please send any issues, concerns or recommendations to Dave Saucier by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Concentration Range Guidance Document is now available on Canada.ca. The intent of this document is to update the Technical Guidance to align with the 2018 Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) amendment and provide guidance on the current HPR subsections. This document replaces the discussion of section 4.5 of the HPR in the Technical Guidance with discussions of subsections 4.4.1(1), 4.4.1(2), 4.4.1(3), 4.4.1(4), 4.5(1), 4.5(2), 4.5(3) and 4.5(4) of the HPR. Appendix 1 and 2 of this document replace Appendix 3 and 4 of the Technical Guidance, respectively. In addition, clarification on classifying substances that have been evaluated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) with regards to carcinogenicity was added to the errata.
Health Canada will be modifying the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods, to add a new maximum level of 20 parts per million (p.p.m.) total extractable cyanide in apricot kernels sold for human consumption, which is also applicable to apricot kernels used as an ingredient in other foods. This change will be effective December 5, 2019, 6 months from the day this notice is published.
On the basis of the information presented in this draft screening assessment, it is proposed to conclude that chlorocresol meets the criteria under paragraph 64(c) of CEPA, as it is entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.
Amendments to both the Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act are now in force across Ontario. In addition to strengthening fire safety, these changes will provide Ontario’s fire services with more enforcement options to keep communities safe. Fines have been increased to better align fines with severity.
EPA is proposing a rule to address certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals identified pursuant to section 6(h) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These five chemicals are: Decabromodiphenyl ether; phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1), also known as tris(4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate; 2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl)phenol; hexachlorobutadiene; and pentachlorothiophenol. This proposed rule would restrict or prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce for many uses of four of these five chemical substances. EPA has evaluated the uses of hexachlorobutadiene and is proposing no regulatory action. For the other four, this proposal includes recordkeeping requirements. Additional downstream notification requirements are proposed for phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1).
ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for the following substances – deadline for submitting comments is September 24, 2019:
- Daminozide (EC 216-485-9, CAS 1596-84-5)
- 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative; 3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propan-1-ol (EC 253-057-0, CAS 36483-57-5; 1522-92-5);
- Exo-1,7,7-trimethylbicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-yl acrylate; isobornyl acrylate (EC 227-561-6, CAS 5888-33-5), and
- Clofentezine (ISO); 3,6-bis(o-chlorophenyl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine (EC 277-728-2; CAS 74115-24-5).
ECHA has added four new substances to the Candidate List due to their toxicity to reproduction, endocrine disruption and a combination of other properties of concern. The latter causes probable serious effects to human health and the environment, giving rise to an equivalent level of concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances, respectively.
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. For outdoor workers, long hours in the heat can be dangerous. Find education and training materials, a heat safety app, and more compliance assistance materials are available.
Motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) are a leading cause of traumatic workplace fatalities and lost-time injury claims. MVIs are a workplace hazard that affects all industry sectors in Ontario. Whether you drive for work or have employees who drive for work, driving may be the most dangerous part of the job.