As reported in the January/February newsletter, ANAC has been working on an industry-specific guide to facilitate feed stakeholders’ compliance with the updated Hazardous Products Regulations (aka WHMIS 2015) which will be coming into effect on June 1, 2017. The intent of the new regulation is to align the classification and labelling of Hazardous Products with the US OSHA Hazard Communication System (HCS 2012) and the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
The guidance is now available to members in English and will be translated into French by the end of May. It has been adapted from a similar guide published by the US grain and feed industries in 2015 and reflects Canadian references and regulations. There are some differences between US and Canadian requirements including the provision for bilingual documents. ANAC intended to review the guidance with the WHMIS Directorate of Health Canada to clarify possible feed exemptions; however, ANAC is still awaiting a response to our requests. Supplementary guidance will be issued if discussions with Health Canada result in any significant changes.
ANAC has recently joined a working group of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) on GHS. This working group has as its objective to support a globally harmonized approach for GHS implementation for feed ingredients and premixes. Outcomes of this group will be shared with ANAC membership as they become available.
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