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Hazardous Products Act

Definition - What does Hazardous Products Act mean?

The Hazardous Products Act is an Act on the regulation of the advertising, labeling, sale and importation of controlled products into Canada. Together with the Controlled Products Regulation, the two Acts are relevant to suppliers as they outline which materials (controlled products) are included in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and what information suppliers are required under law to provide to employers for controlled products used in the workplace.

Controlled products in the Second Schedule of the Hazardous Products Act are listed as products for use at the workplace which have proven toxic, flammable or corrosive qualities, based on scientific tests set out in the regulations. Their use in Canadian workplaces by a supplier is prohibited, unless the supplier or importer is able to produce a material safety data sheet on the product, and has clearly labeled the product as specified in the regulations.

Safeopedia explains Hazardous Products Act

Тhe Hazardous Products Act is an act that restricts the sale and importation of hazardous products that are intended for use, handling or storage in a work place on the territory of Canada. It outlines and lists “controlled products” as such products for use at the workplace which have proven toxic, flammable or corrosive qualities, based on scientific tests set out in the regulations.

Under the Hazardous Products Act the importation of any controlled product intended for use in Canadian workplaces by a supplier is prohibited, unless the said supplier or importer is able to produce a material safety data sheet on the required product, and labels the product as specified in the regulations. The act stipulates that the material safety data sheet must contain details on the product’s hazardous ingredients, risks, injury prevention and treatment procedures. Suppliers are permitted under the act to apply to have confidential ingredient information exempt from disclosure to competitors or the public.

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