Hazardous Products Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-3)

Act current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2016-12-12. Previous Versions

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 20, s. 118]

Amendments to Schedules 1 and 2

Marginal note:Amendments to Schedules 1 and 2

 Subject to section 19, the Governor in Council may, by order,

  • (a) amend Schedule 1 to add, delete or amend a reference to anything; and

  • (b) amend Schedule 2 to add, delete or amend a reference to a hazard class.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-3, s. 18;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 119.

Consultation

Marginal note:Consultation

 A regulation under subsection 15(1) or an order under section 18 may be made by the Governor in Council only on the recommendation of the Minister made after consultation by the Minister with the government of each province and with any organizations representative of workers, organizations representative of employers and organizations representative of suppliers that the Minister considers appropriate.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-3, s. 19;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 120.

Tests, Studies and Compilation of Information

Marginal note:Minister’s order
  •  (1) If the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that a product, mixture, material or substance may be a hazardous product, the Minister may, in writing, order a person who is engaged in the business of selling or importing the product, mixture, material or substance to compile information relating to the formula, composition, chemical ingredients or hazardous properties of the product, mixture, material or substance, and any other information that the Minister considers necessary, for the purpose of determining whether the product, mixture, material or substance is or may be a danger to the health or safety of any individual who may handle it in a work place or be exposed to it in a work place.

  • Marginal note:Minister’s order

    (1.1) If the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that a person is engaged in the business of selling or importing a product, mixture, material or substance that is a hazardous product, the Minister may, in writing, order the person to

    • (a) conduct tests or studies on the product, mixture, material or substance to obtain the information that the Minister considers necessary to verify compliance or prevent non-compliance with the provisions of this Act or of the regulations made under subsection 15(1) or (2); and

    • (b) compile any information related to the formula, composition, chemical ingredients or hazardous properties of the product, mixture, material or substance that the Minister considers necessary to verify compliance or prevent non-compliance with the provisions of this Act or of the regulations made under subsection 15(1) or (2).

  • Marginal note:Providing information to Minister

    (2) Every person to whom an order under subsection (1) or (1.1) is directed shall provide to the Minister, in the time, form and manner specified in the order, the information or the results of the tests or studies that are required by the order.

  • Marginal note:Information privileged

    (3) Subject to subsection (4), information received by the Minister from a person under subsection (1) or (1.1) is privileged and, notwithstanding the Access to Information Act or any other Act or law, shall not be disclosed to any other person except as may be necessary for the administration and enforcement of this Act or for the purposes of section 15.

  • Marginal note:Information privileged

    (4) The Minister shall not, when carrying out the consultations referred to in section 19, for the purposes of subsection 15(1), disclose the name of any person from whom the Minister has received information under subsection (1) or (1.1) or any of that information that is specified, in writing, by the person as being confidential.

  • Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

    (5) For greater certainty, orders made under subsection (1) or (1.1) are not statutory instruments within the meaning of the Statutory Instruments Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-3, s. 20;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 121.

PART IIIAdministration and Enforcement

Inspectors and Analysts

Marginal note:Inspectors and analysts
  •  (1) The Minister may designate as an inspector or analyst for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of any provision of this Act and of the regulations any individual or class of individuals to exercise powers or perform duties or functions in relation to any matter referred to in the designation. However, if the individual is employed by a provincial government, or a public body established under an Act of the legislature of a province, the Minister may make the designation only after obtaining the approval of that government or public body.

  • Marginal note:Certificate to be produced

    (2) The Minister shall furnish every inspector with a certificate of designation and, on entering any place in accordance with subsection 22(1), an inspector shall, on request, produce the certificate to the person in charge of that place.

  • Marginal note:Objectives, guidelines and codes of practice

    (3) The Minister may establish objectives, guidelines and codes of practice respecting the exercise of an inspector’s or analyst’s powers, and the performance of an inspector’s or analyst’s duties or functions, under this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-3, s. 21;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 122;
  • 2016, c. 9, s. 14.

Inspection and Analysis

Marginal note:Powers of inspectors
  •  (1) Subject to subsection 22.1(1), an inspector may, for a purpose related to verifying compliance or preventing non-compliance with the provisions of this Act or of the regulations, at any reasonable time enter any place, including a conveyance, in which the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that an activity regulated under this Act is conducted or a thing to which this Act applies is located, and may, for that purpose,

    • (a) examine or test any product, mixture, material or substance found in the place that the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe is a hazardous product and take samples of it, and examine any other thing that the inspector believes on reasonable grounds is used or is capable of being used for the manufacture, preparation, preservation, packaging, sale, importation or storage of a hazardous product;

    • (b) open and examine any receptacle or package that is found in the place;

    • (c) examine a document that is found in the place, make a copy of it or take an extract from it;

    • (d) use or cause to be used a computer or other device that is at the place to examine a document that is contained in or available to a computer system or reproduce it or cause it to be reproduced in the form of a printout or other intelligible output and remove the output for examination or copying;

    • (e) use or cause to be used any copying equipment that is at the place and remove the copies for examination;

    • (f) take photographs and make recordings and sketches;

    • (g) order the owner or person having possession, care or control of any product, mixture, material or substance found in the place that the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe is a hazardous product to move it or, for any time that may be necessary, not to move it or to restrict its movement;

    • (h) order the owner or person having possession, care or control of the conveyance to move it or, for any time that may be necessary, not to move it or to restrict its movement;

    • (i) order the owner or person in charge of the place to establish their identity to the inspector’s satisfaction; and

    • (j) remove anything from the place for the purpose of examination, conducting tests or taking samples.

  • Marginal note:Conveyance

    (1.1) For the purpose of entering a conveyance, an inspector may order the owner or person having possession, care or control of the conveyance to stop it or move it to a place where the inspector can enter it.

  • Marginal note:Disposition of samples

    (1.2) A sample taken under this section may be disposed of in any manner that an inspector considers appropriate.

  • Marginal note:Individual accompanying inspector

    (1.3) An inspector may be accompanied by any individual that they believe is necessary to help them exercise their powers or perform their duties or functions under this section.

  • Marginal note:Entering private property

    (1.4) An inspector who is exercising powers or performing duties or functions under this section and any individual accompanying them may enter private property  —  other than a dwelling-house  —  and pass through it in order to gain entry to a place referred to in subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Assistance to inspectors

    (2) The owner or person in charge of the place and every person found in it shall give the inspector all reasonable assistance and provide the inspector with any information that the inspector may require for the purpose of exercising the inspector’s powers or performing the inspector’s duties or functions under this section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-3, s. 22;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 123.
 
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