Health Canada

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July 05, 2013 11:45 ET

Health Canada Launches Consultation Process to Improve Labelling and Classification of Workplace Chemicals

Government of Canada moves forward on key Regulatory Cooperation Council initiative

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 5, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is launching a consultation that begins the process of applying the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada.

"This important initiative delivers on a Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment. For workers, applying the GHS would make it easier to understand and reduce their exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. For employers it would mean a safer workplace and simpler rules for compliance. For producers it would mean reduced barriers to selling their products in Canada and the United States and other countries where the GHS is applied," said Minister Aglukkaq.

Chemicals used in the workplace are produced and sold around the world. These products often have different label information depending on the safety rules in place where they are produced and sold. The purpose of the GHS for work place chemicals is to promote both workplace safety and international trade by applying definitions and safety information requirements that are globally accepted.

Health Canada and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which allows OSHA and Health Canada to collaborate on implementing the GHS in their respective jurisdictions, as well as any future developments of the GHS.

Information about the proposed regulatory changes is available on the Health Canada website. Requests to obtain a copy of the proposed regulations can be made by email to: Following this consultation, the Department intends to publish a formal regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for broader public comment.

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