Health Canada has released updates to the Hazardous Products Regulations, aligning them with the seventh revised edition of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.The amendments include updates to definitions, changes to schedules, the addition of a new physical hazard class for "Chemicals Under Pressure," and a new hazard category for non-flammable aerosols. The updates also include new requirements for labeling and safety data sheets, as well as provisions for the evaluation and classification of hazardous products. The amendments also specify a transition period of three years until December 14, 2025.
Health Canada published a separate Order for changes related to physical hazard classes. This Order amends the physical hazard classes listed in Schedule 2 of the Hazardous Products Act. Specifically, the amendment replaces item 3 ("Aerosols") with a new version and repeals item 19. The amendment also adds a new item 21, "Chemicals under pressure," to the schedule. This Order comes into force on the day that the Regulations Amending the Hazardous Products Regulations (GHS, Seventh Revised Edition) come into force, or if it is registered after that day, on the day it is registered. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure the safe handling and use of hazardous products in Canada.