REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF MAY 27, 2019
The Department has identified the need for a number of minor administrative amendments to the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (Miscellaneous Program). The proposed amendments are in response to concerns, comments and recommendations from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) regarding a lack of clarity and some inconsistencies in the regulatory text.
- Invitation to a webinar: Conferences of the Parties to the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions
You are invited to participate in a webinar regarding outcomes of the recent meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland from April 29 to May 10, 2019. Environment and Climate Change Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, is hosting this webinar to share information with interested stakeholders, individuals, and organizations.
The purpose of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC) meeting is to provide stakeholders the opportunity to offer advice and input to Government on the implementation of the CMP, and to foster dialogue on issues pertaining to the CMP between stakeholders and government, and among different stakeholder groups. The meeting objectives were to seek stakeholder views on many key topics (follow link above) to consider for program renewal and the future of chemicals management in Canada.
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade is reminding employers to ensure that workplaces are safe and workers are adequately trained and supervised to perform their duties after two employers were prosecuted for violations of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Because of these prosecutions, penalties totalling $120,000 were ordered by the courts.
From May 1 to August 30, 2019, the Ministry of Labour will conduct an enforcement initiative to continue promoting health and safety for new and young workers in Ontario in a number of sub-sectors.
It’s a simple, single measure. Our health and safety index combines multiple performance indicators of health and safety into a single, evidence-based measure. This measure, or score, raises awareness and helps system partners focus their health and safety efforts and resources.
OSHA is requesting comments on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. The agency is seeking information on how employers have been using control circuit devices and new risks of increased worker contact with robots. Comments must be submitted before August 18.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking on the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of automated driving systems (ADS) vehicles in the United States. NHTSA and FMCSA are seeking comments at this stage to ensure that all potential approaches are fully considered as the agencies move forward with these regulatory actions.
- Improving Chemical Exposure Evaluation: A New Framework to Encompass the “Production-to-Dose Continuum”
Risk-based decision making requires integration of quantitative exposure values with relevant hazard information. However, in many cases, chemical use and exposure information are not readily available, or the reliability of such data is uncertain.
Non-compliant information on chemicals is a serious issue that needs to be fixed. Progress has been made with evaluation but further measures are planned to raise the percentage of dossiers checked and increase efficiency.
Gain an understanding of nanotechnology to help identify and safely control sources and products containing nanomaterials in your workplace.