Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Hazardous Substance Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 833
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
The Ministry's consultation on proposed changes to the OELs and/or listings for substances set out in its 2013 and 2014 consultation documents is complete. Effective July 1, 2015, changes based on these proposals will come into effect.
These changes include the adoption of all OEL proposals set out in the 2013 and 2014 "Review of Occupational Exposure Limits in Ontario" charts, with the following exceptions: the OELs for nitrogen dioxide (2013 OEL consultation), manganese and aliphatic hydrocarbon gases (2014 OEL consultation) remain unchanged while the Ministry further considers stakeholder feedback and determines next steps.
March 17, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
The key components of the consultation include:
1. Proposed changes to the occupational exposure limits or listing for 12 substances primarily based on the recommendations of the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists for 2013. These changes include:
- Addition of 2 substances to regulation: diethylene glycol monobutyl ether and N,N-Diethylhydroxylamine;
- Revisions to exposure limits or listings for 9 substances currently regulated;
- Withdrawal of the listing and specific exposure limit for aliphatic hydrocarbon gases alkane [C1 - C 4], except butane, All isomers. These substances will be regulated as per Appendix F: Minimal Oxygen Content in the ACGIH handbook.
2. Proposed initiatives to expedite the process of adopting more protective OELs for a number of substances under the hazardous substances regulations where implementation challenges are raised by stakeholders during the OEL consultations
More information on these proposals can be found by following the attached links:
Notice to Consultation Participants
Submissions and comments provided to the Ministry of Labour are part of a public consultation process to solicit views on proposed revisions to Regulation 833 and O. Reg. 490/09. This process may involve the Ministry publishing or posting to the internet your submissions, comments, or summaries of them. In addition, the Ministry may also disclose your submissions, comments, or summaries of them, to other parties during and after the consultation period.
Therefore, you should not include the names of other parties (such as the names of employers or other employees) or any other information by which other parties could be identified in your submission.
Further, if you, as an individual, do not want your identity to be made public, you should not include your name or any other information by which you could be identified in the main body of the submission. If you do decide to identify yourself in the body of the submission this information may be released with published material or made available to the public. However, your name and contact information provided outside of the body of the submission, such as found in a cover letter, will not be disclosed by the Ministry unless required by law. An individual who provides a submission or comments and indicates an affiliation with an organization will be considered a representative of that organization and his or her identity may be disclosed.
Personal information collected during this consultation is under the authority of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is in compliance with section 38 (2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you have any questions regarding privacy matters, you may contact the Ministry?s Freedom of Information and Privacy Office at 416-326-7786.
OEL Update Project Ontario Ministry of Labour
12th Floor, 400 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
Facsimile: (416) 326-7650
July 1, 2015