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Attention! Chemical Manufacturers & Distributors! California Prop 65 - Major change for labels

Posted 9/11/2018

Did you know that the State of California now requires particular wording on labels of chemical products containing one or more ingredients considered hazardous included on the updated list of the State of California?

More recently, the manufacturers and distributors of ingredients and products that caused cancer, birth defects or reproductive effects had the obligation to add on their labels a general type of warning such as:  " WARNING! This product contains a chemical, known by the State of California, to cause cancer. » This wording (with variations for three types of hazards) had to appear on all product labels in the State of California, or they could face fines or even imprisonment.  

The amendment, currently in effect, since August 31, 2018, now requires the manufacturers to redo their labels to include the new statement and a symbol as illustrated below. The wording should now include the name of the substance or substances responsible for the specific hazard.  

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WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause developmental effects.

 

This modification must be applied to all labels by September 1st, 2018! It is now mandatory to take all necessary measures, when exporting to the United States a product containing one or more of these ingredients included in the updated list : https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list 

Kalium Solutions can help you prepare labels that are compliant to this new requirement. For further information do not hesitate to call 450 906-6999.

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Chemical Distributors – WHMIS 2015, September 1st Deadline

Posted 9/4/2018

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Countdown is well underway!

In fact, step 2 of the transition period ended on September 1st 2018!

During this phase of the transition period, distributors can continue to sell products whose labels and Safety Data Sheets were consistent with either WHMIS1988 or WHMIS 2015 but not using both systems!

We are therefore at the beginning of Phase 3 of the transition period (September 1st, 2018 to November 30, 2018).

 

During this phase, manufacturers, importers and distributors will be required to sell or import only WHMIS 2015-compliant products. Consequently, the transition to WHMIS 2015 will be completed for all suppliers.

Effective December 1st, 2018, employers and suppliers will be required to comply with the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). The education and training program for all employees will have to be given in accordance with these requirements.

If you have any questions or specific needs for your documents or training, do not hesitate to call us 450 906-6999.

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Nomination

Posted 9/4/2018

KALIUM solutions Inc is proud to announce the nomination of Mrs Suzanne Levac as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist. Suzanne will participate in the setting up of new trainings allowing KALIUM solutions to be more attentive to the needs of its customers. Suzanne will occupy this position as of September 4th, 2018.

 

Suzanne has over 20 years of experience in regulatory affairs which includes WHMIS, CCCR, TDG, IATA, IMDG and CFR 49, including training and plant audits. Her training experience and dedication in these areas are all elements that will help us to serve you better.

 

You can contact Suzanne by email slevac@kaliumsolutions.com or call 450 906-6999.

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WHMIS 2015 - Distributors of chemicals - final date

Posted 8/27/2018

whmis 2015whmis 2015The countdown is well started!

Indeed, stage 2 of the transition period ends on September 1st, 2018 ie in   5 days!

During this phase of the transition period, distributors could continue to sell products whose labels and SDSs were compliant with either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015, but not both at the same time!

We are therefore at the dawn of phase 3 of the transition period (September 1st, 2018 to November 30th, 2018).

From this phase, manufacturers, importers and distributors will only have to sell or import WHMIS 2015 compliant products. As a result, the transition to WHMIS 2015 will be complete for all suppliers.

Effective December 1st, employers and suppliers will be required to comply with the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). The education and training program for all employees should have been given in accordance with the requirements.

If you have any questions, uncertainties or needs for your documents and training, please call us at 450 906-6999.

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WHMIS labels in stores

Posted 3/5/2018

CAUTION!

 

WHMIS, dangerous goods, storesWHMIS, dangerous goods, storesDo you sell chemicals in street shops?

Did you know that it is strictly forbidden to sell a product labeled only under WHMIS regulations in a store where consumers have access?

The rule of law is very clear on this. No product labeled under the WHMIS classification shall end up in the hands of a consumer who has not received appropriate training in the safe handling of that product.

Do not be mistaken ! WHMIS-labeled products may be sold through a regular store or distribution network if these products are kept in a location accessible to trained employees only.

Consequently, products can then be sold upon request to WHMIS 2015 trained professionals.

Do you have questions any about this?

Our experts can support you:  450 906-6999

Contact us to make an appointment or simply fill out our contact form: http://en.kaliumsolutions.com/Contact

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Will you be compliant to WHMIS for June 1st 2017?

Posted 11/4/2017

The Hazardous Products Act has been amended! The amended version of WHMIS is called WHMIS 2015. This regulation applies to all people who come into contact with hazardous products at their workplace. The regulations target three distinct groups with different responsibilities.

Suppliers

For suppliers, you need to check to see if your products are dangerous. To complete your compliance, you must prepare labels and safety data sheets (SDS) by making them available to purchasers of hazardous products for use in the workplace.

Employers

For employers, you must inform workers of the hazards associated with hazardous products in their work environment. In addition, you should also talk to them about safe methods of using these products by providing them with proper (customized) training. You must also ensure that hazardous materials are appropriately labeled, prepare safety data sheets (MSDSs) and put in place appropriate controls to protect the health and safety of workers.

The employees

Finally, for workers, they will have to participate in training programs on WHMIS and on the safety of chemicals. Employees will also be responsible for protecting their colleagues and for participating in the designation and control of hazards.

You are not alone!

In order to comply adequately or to conduct training on WHMIS regulations, trust the Kalium Solutions team to guide you through the many policies and procedures. Our experts will help you work in a safe environment that meets government standards.

Contact us to make an appointment at 450 906-6999 or simply fill out our contact form: http://en.kaliumsolutions.com/contact-us/

Health Canada will again accept WHMIS concentration ranges

Posted 10/25/2017

This regulatory amendment will allow the use of prescribed levels to protect the actual concentration of ingredients again.

To read the amendment directly on the Health Canada website, see the link below:

 

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-10-21/html/reg2-eng.php

Good reading!

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WHMIS - COST $$ -TO NOT DISCLOSE YOUR RECIPES

Posted 7/17/2017

INVOLVEMENT of a request for exemption from the obligation to disclose a CAS

 

 

For the time beeing, there are the issues - obligations - costs if you want to apply for an exemption from the obligation to disclose a CAS number.  At the request of the chemical industry, this process is under review by Health Canada.

 

ISSUES - OBLIGATIONS For your application to be considered;


- You hold your confidential information yourself
- You have taken all reasonable steps to maintain confidentiality
- Demonstrate that disclosure may result in financial loss

 

COSTS

LARGE COMPANY - ORIGINAL DEMAND


(A) in the case of a single original application, the amount is $ 1,800; and
(B) in the case of simultaneous submission of several original applications, it is:


• $ 1,800 for each of the first 15 applications,
• $ 400 for each of the ten applications that follow these first 15 applications,
• $ 200 for each application following the first twenty-five applications.

 

Large business means;
- 100 or more employees
- gross revenues in excess of $ 3,000,000

Note that the fees are half price for small business.

If you need support, training and/or translation: please contact us at 450 906-6999 or

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Will you be compliant to WHMIS for June 1st 2017?

Posted 3/10/2017

Why WHMIS is so importantWhy WHMIS is so important

Yes, since the entry into force of the new WHMIS in 2015, the ingredient disclosure list has been invalidated. This is no longer the reference!

Unfortunately we find that too many people who write cards still rely on this list to declare their dangerous ingredients in section 3 of the SDS when this method has been totally out of date for more than two years.

In the new WHMIS, the obligation to disclose or not to disclose your ingredients on the form is based on a multitude of different calculations more or less complex related to each class of products. To perform these calculations adequately and in full compliance, the first step is to breakdown 100% of each of your raw materials used in your recipe. (Not only those listed in section 3 of the SDS of your supplier).

Subsequently, you will be able to properly breakdown each of your formulas that you want to put on the market. This first step may seem long and tedious but it will ensure compliance. Once your formulas are properly broken down, you will be able to apply the rules of calculation in accordance with the regulations.

Do not forget to keep this work for at least 10 years. This way of working will save you a lot of issues. Do you have questions or questions? You are not alone !

The Kalium Solutions Team and its experienced chemists can help.
Contact us at 450-906-6999 or register for one of our specialty trainings from October 24 in Montreal or November 8, 2017 in Boucherville.

Give the right information because life is priceless!

COMPLIANCE + LEGALITY = SAFETY