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PMRA Publishes Proposed Amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations

On December 10, 2016, a set of proposed amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPRs) was published in the Canada Gazette by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).  Among these is a revision to the data protection (arbitrator liability) provisions of Subsection 17.91(4) of the PCPR that would allow the arbitrator to extend the 120-day time period during which an arbitral award must be made upon notifying the parties to an arbitration.  PMRA states that this proposed amendment is similar to the ability of the parties to agree to an extension as already provided for under existing regulations.  The proposed amendment addresses concerns that an arbitrator/arbitral tribunal may not be able to comply with the mandatory 120-day timeline for issuing an arbitral award in a situation where, for example, one or both parties in the arbitration “fail to cooperate sufficiently so that a decision can be made within the required time period.”  A copy of the proposal as it appears in the Canada Gazette may be accessed by clicking here.

OSHA Petition

HCS 2012

CPDA Calls Upon OSHA to Amend HCS 2012 Relabeling Requirements to Protect Warehouse Employees from Unnecessary Chemical Exposures and Ergonomic Risks

 

On May 24, 2016, the Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology, the Agricultural Retailers Association, the International Sanitary Supply Association, and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates submitted a petition to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requesting that the Agency issue a Direct Final Rule to amend its 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012).  The revision sought by the petitioners would clarify that when firms handling products in sealed containers in warehouses become aware of significant new chemical hazard information they may comply with HCS 2012 by the electronic transmission of an updated label to downstream entities in a manner similar to how updated safety data sheets are transmitted.

CPDA is now working with Members of Congress in an effort to build support for the remedy to the HCS 2012 dilemma as set forth in the joint industry petition.

The cover letter accompanying the petition may be accessed by clicking here.  Following the submission of the petition, CPDA issued a news alert which may be accessed here.

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