Hazardous Products Act (Canada) and Regulations
The federal Hazardous Products Act and the pursuant Hazardous Products Regulations, which apply to suppliers, define which materials (i.e., hazardous products) are included in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and set out what information suppliers must provide to employers for controlled products used in the workplace.
Pursuant to section 114 of the Workers Compensation Act, WorkSafeBC administers the requirements, and enforces federal requirements on suppliers, of Canada’s Hazardous Products Act:
Click here for information on Regulating Chemical Exposure, which contains information on the application of the Hazardous Products Act to British Columbian employers and suppliers.
The following are summaries of key sections of the Hazardous Products Act.
Sales and import requirements apply (summary)
Suppliers selling or importing a hazardous product for use, handling, or storage in a workplace in Canada must:
- provide a safety data sheet (SDS) for the hazardous product; and
- make sure the hazardous product or its container is labelled with all required information and pictograms.
An SDS is a technical bulletin that provides detailed hazard and precautionary information.
For more information on labelling, see Part 3 of the Hazardous Products Regulations.
These requirements do not apply to the sale or import of:
- explosives as defined by the Explosives Act;
- cosmetics, devices, drugs, or food as defined by the Food and Drugs Act;
- pesticides as defined by the Pest Control Products Act;
- nuclear substances as defined by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act;
- hazardous waste;
- consumer products as defined in section 2 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act;
- wood or products made of wood;
- tobacco or tobacco products as defined in section 2 of the Tobacco Act;
- manufactured articles.