Regulatory Compliance

Objective: adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business.

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Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business. It describes the goal that organisations aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and regulations. Due to the increasing number of regulations and need for operational transparency, organizations are increasingly adopting the use of consolidated and harmonized sets of compliance controls. This approach is used to ensure that all necessary governance requirements can be met without the unnecessary duplication of effort and activity from resources.

The Industrial & Institutional Technical Forum (IITF) is a newly developed membership category of the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association. Dedicated to the chemists, consultants, lab technicians, R & D specialists, technical managers and quality control supervisors in your company the IITF goals are:

  • To increase technical knowledge in the I & I sector
  • To further individual ethical guidelines amongst the membership
  • To provide opportunities for education for existing and prospective members in theindustry
  • To provide a forum for professional review of proposed regulations that affect the industry
  • To collect and distribute information of value to the members
  • To stimulate friendship, acquaintance and goodwill generally among its members by providing the means for a cordial interchange of views.

Regulatory Update

2017 April-May ISSA Canada Regulatory Report

Canada Gazette of Apil 1/17 published a mandatory Section 71 data call-in for hexavalent chromium salts which must be submitted by June 28/17. The list of chemicals involved is found at:

It is not expected that these are used by ISSA Canada members, but if the reporting criteria are met filing is required by law.

Canada Gazette I of April 29/17 found that EDTA and 3 of its salts, Tetrasodium EDTA, ferric monosodium EDTA and ferric ammonium EDTA did not meet the CEPA toxicity requirements and no further action would be taken. Some of these are used by membership so this is good news.

Canada Gazette I of May 27/17 proposed the addition of Cobalt and 50 of its soluble salts to Schedule I. These chemicals are listed at:

These compounds would likely find minimal use by ISSA Canada membership.

The big news on the regulatory front is the delay of the requirement of new GHS format MSDS by manufacturers and importers. The original target of June1/17 has been extended to June1/18. The reason for the delay is that the new Hazardous Products Regulations require the disclosure of the concentrations of toxic materials as opposed to ranges that were permitted under the old WHMIS format. It was argued that this was confidential business information. Currently a special HIMRA request and fee is required to avoid this disclosure. The time to submit and rule on these requests was felt to be too short and a delay was issued while options are being explored. Details:


December 2, 2016 - WHMIS

As you are aware, on February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette, Part II. These regulations, combined with amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015. With the incorporation of the GHS, the hazard classification and communication requirements of WHMIS are aligned with the workplace hazard classification and communication requirements of the United States (U.S.) and other Canadian trading partners.

To provide guidance to suppliers of hazardous products destined for Canadian workplaces and in support of the 2016-17 Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Workplace Chemicals work plan, Health Canada committed to release Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR in two phases.  Phase 1 was released on June 29, 2016 and focussed on classification principles, hazard communication and Confidential Business Information (CBI).  We are pleased to inform you that the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau has now released the full Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR – WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements as our second phase release. This release comprises Phase 1 content as well as Phase 2 content (focussed on physical hazard and health hazard classification) in a consolidated Guidance document.
The development of the Technical Guidance has been informed by considering comments received from stakeholders as part of the publication of the proposed HPR in the Canada Gazette, Part I, comments received on guidance priorities, as well as inquiries received through the WHMIS email account.

Health Canada’s website at has been updated to reflect the availability of the Technical Guidance. A PDF copy of the guidance can be requested via this link:

Health Canada always welcomes input from stakeholders.  Any feedback we receive will be taken into consideration in the development of future iterations of the guidance. Specific questions or comments regarding this guidance can be directed to Health Canada at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information on employer WHMIS requirements set out by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) occupational health and safety agencies, contact the agency in your jurisdiction. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can also be found at This site is Canada’s portal to WHMIS information for all WHMIS stakeholders, including suppliers, employers, workers and trainers.

Please feel free to forward this email within your organizations.

Thank you,

Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau /
Bureau des matières dangereuses utilisées au travail
Consumer Product Safety Directorate /
Direction de la sécurité des produits de consommation
Health Canada / Santé Canada /


2016 March, April CSSA Regulatory Report


2015 September - October CSSA Regulatory Report

Canada Gazette I of Oct. 17/15 evaluated 5 compounds and found them to be toxic or potentially toxic under CEPA. As a result the minister issued conditions under which these compounds may be used.

The compounds are:

2015 August CSSA Regulatory Report

A section 71 data call-in for microbeads used in personal care products was issued in the August 1/15 Canada Gazette. 
Environment Canada also announced a proposed addition of microbeads to Schedule I of CEPA. While this is primarily aimed at consumer products some industrial abrasive or cleaners may also incorporate these materials.


Mandatory Surveys - Section 71 Notices

Mandatory surveys issued under section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) gather information needed to support risk assessment and, if necessary, risk management activities.

Complete details are found: HERE


2015 June CSSA regulatory Report.

Canada Gazette I of June 6/15 reported the revision of the reporting requirements of Part 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Reporting requirements are outlined for any release, anticipated release, loss or theft of dangerous goods in Classes 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 8, and 9.

A follow-up report will be required 30 days after the incident.

Details are found: HERE

Can Clean 2015 Seminar. The New WHMIS – Implementing the Globally Harmonized System.

Suppliers and distributors of hazardous chemicals, chemical purchasers, supervisors in charge of workplace safety, managers involved in workplace safety, and Joint Health and Safety Committee representatives will benefit from this program.

The session will touch on the origins of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) from purple book to WHMIS, and the time frame for implementation. The new classification scheme and symbols for GHS will be illustrated, as well as the significant differences between GHS and the old WHMIS system. Form more information, please click HERE

Canada moves to Adopt Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling Hazardous Substances The Canada Gazette of August 9/14 announced Canada’s official adoption of GHS by putting forward the proposed Hazardous product Regulations. read more.... .

April 2014 CSSA Regulatory Report

  • A CEPA Schedule 71 data call-in was announced in the Canada Gazette of April 19, 2014. This is for various hydrofluorocarbons which are identified in the text. Those who manufactured or imported more than 100 kg are required by law to report their usage by August 19/14. Data to be provided and filing documents are found HERE
  • In Gazette II of April 23/14, amendments were made to the 2-Butoxyethanol regulations to clarify some sections. The major amendment involved the labeling of products that were to be diluted prior to use. Dilution instructions are to be provided in both languages to ensure that on dilution, the concentration of 2-butoxyethanol does not exceed the limits for the specific product type. The exact text of these changes is found HERE