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Health Canada to launch consultation on chemicals labeling

Health Canada is all set to launch a consultation that begins the process of applying the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in the country.

Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq said the initiative delivers on a Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment.

"For workers, applying the GHS would make it easier to understand and reduce their exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. For employers it would mean a safer workplace and simpler rules for compliance," Aglukkaq added.

The labeling initiative would mean reduced barriers for producers to selling their products in Canada and the US and other countries where the system is applied.

Depending on the safety rules in place where the chemicals are produced and sold, they are said to possess varied label information.

By applying definitions and safety information requirements that are globally accepted, GHS aims promote both workplace safety and international trade.

The federal department and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently, which allows them to collaborate on implementing the GHS in their respective jurisdictions.