REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019
Environment and Climate Change Canada has corrected errors in the Excel list of reportable substances and the online reporting forms related to the CAS RN for two substances in the Notice with respect to certain quaternary ammonium compounds in Canadian commerce – Phase 1. The link above will bring up the corrected excel listing.
Public consultations on the draft 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy are ending soon! You have until April 2, 2019, to share your views on our plan to promote clean growth, ensure healthy ecosystems and build safe, secure and sustainable communities over the next three years.
Environmental indicators on air, climate, water, nature, and human health.
Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of ground limestone in hard and soft candies and in inks for writing on various confections.
Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of the enzyme protein-glutaminase from Chryseobacterium proteolyticum AE-PG in various standardized and unstandardized foods. Health Canada published a Notice of Proposal on October 10, 2018. The proposal was open to the public for comment for 75 days. No comments were received during this period. As no safety concerns were raised through Health Canada’s assessment, the Department has enabled the use of protein-glutaminase from C. proteolyticum AE-PG described in the information document below by modifying the List of Permitted Food Enzymes, effective March 18, 2019.
In addition to the public hearings, the proposed regulatory amendments are now posted along with explanatory notes and details of the public hearings. WorkSafeBC welcomes your feedback on the proposals either through written submissions or participation at the oral public hearings. All feedback received will be presented to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors for their consideration. Written submissions will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on, Friday, May 10, 2019.
We invite you to participate in the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Strategy Consultations. The five-year Occupational Health and Safety Strategy (Strategy) was completed on December 31, 2018. We are now seeking your input for the development of the next provincial Occupational Health and Safety Strategy.
In Spring 2019, the Prevention Office will be carrying out public consultations through:
In-person regional meetings hosted in Mississauga, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Kingston and Sudbury; and An online survey open to all members of the public on the Government of Ontario Consultations Directory. In April 2019, you will receive a follow-up email with a link to participate in the online survey consultation.
Brenntag Canada – Dartmouth will host the training session scheduled for March 26th covering toxic gases (chlorine) and corrosive liquids (hydrochloric acid & caustic soda). To register contact Zach Conway E-mail: Zkonway@brenntag.ca or call (902) 468-9690.
OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program. OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety. Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.
EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program is announcing a 45-day public comment period associated with the Systematic Review Protocol for the Hexavalent Chromium [Cr(VI)] IRIS Assessment. The comment period ends on April 29, 2019. Comments should be submitted to Docket ID: EPA-HQ-ORD-2014-0313 on Regulations.gov.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the release of 24 studies on Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) used by EPA to develop the draft risk evaluation under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing a list of 40 chemicals to begin the prioritization process – the initial step in a new process of reviewing chemicals currently in commerce under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Consultation on the draft CRIS is open until 5 April 2019. The CRIS provides information on how the current scheme (NICNAS) implements cost recovery for its regulatory activities. Its purpose is to transparently demonstrate compliance with the Australian Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines and to outline proposed changes to existing regulatory fees and charges in 2019-2020.
ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for substance evaluation, with 100 substances listed to be evaluated in 2019-2021.
Another key standard addressing SDG 6 is ISO 30500 on non-sewered sanitation systems. An estimated 1.8 billion people across the globe are using a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated, with such adverse consequences as disease, malnutrition, poverty, and child death. By offering basic requirements for the design and testing of stand-alone faecal sludge treatment units, ISO 30500 will help address the health needs of many communities worldwide.
- Workplace exposure and illnessesWhat you need to know about illnesses and diseases that are caused or made worse by work.
Occupational illness can look the same as other illnesses or diseases. For example, somebody with work-related asthma might have the same signs and symptoms as any other person with asthma.
When you are exposed to something that could affect your health at work, sometimes the effects are sudden and obvious. Other times, the effects might take months or years to develop.
Learn about what you need to know as a worker, employer or health care professional.