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Hazardous Products Act (Canada) (summary)

Note: The federal Hazardous Products Act and the pursuant Controlled Products Regulation, which apply to suppliers, define which materials (i.e., controlled products) are included in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and what information suppliers must provide to employers for controlled products used in the workplace.

The Workers' Compensation Board administers the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act in British Columbia under section 114 of the Workers Compensation Act, and WorkSafeBC officers enforce federal requirements on suppliers under the Hazardous Products Act.

The following are summaries of key sections of the Hazardous Products Act.

Sales and import requirements apply (summary)

Suppliers selling or importing a controlled product for use in a workplace in Canada must:

An MSDS is a technical bulletin that provides detailed hazard and precautionary information. It must state the following:

  • if the controlled product is a pure substance, the chemical identity of the controlled product;
  • if the controlled product is not a pure substance, the chemical identity and concentration of any ingredient that is equal to or greater than the concentrations noted in the legislation;
  • if the controlled product contains an ingredient that is included in the Ingredient Disclosure List in a concentration that is equal to or greater than the concentration specified in the Ingredient Disclosure List, the chemical identity and concentration of that ingredient;
    Note: The Ingredient Disclosure List, which contains about 1,700 entries, can be obtained from the Board.
  • the chemical identity and concentration of any ingredient that the supplier may know to be harmful to any person;
  • the chemical identity and concentration of any ingredient of which the supplier does not know the toxicological properties;
  • other required information.

For details, see Part II, sections 13 and 14 of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada).

These requirements of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada) do not apply to the sale or import of:

For details, see Part II, section 12 of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada).

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Disclaimer: The Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. ("WorkSafeBC") publishes the online version Occupational Health and Safety Regulation ("OHS Regulation") in accordance with its mandate under the Workers Compensation Act to provide information and promote public awareness of occupational health and safety matters. The online OHS Regulation is not the official version of the OHS Regulation, which may be purchased from Crown Publications. WorkSafeBC endeavours to update the online OHS Regulation as soon as possible following any legislative amendments. However, WorkSafeBC does not warrant the accuracy or the completeness of the online OHS Regulation, and neither WorkSafeBC nor its board of directors, employees or agents shall be liable to any person for any loss or damage of any nature, whether arising out of negligence or otherwise, arising from the use of the online OHS Regulation. Employers are legally obligated to make a copy of the Workers Compensation Act and the OHS Regulation readily available for review by workers. The circumstances under which WorkSafeBC may consider an employer's providing access to electronic versions of the Act and OHS Regulation to have satisfied this obligation are described in Guideline G-D3-115(2)(f).