Proposed EHS Updates-June 2018

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United States

1. Changes proposed to recent Risk Management Program amendments

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing changes to recent amendments to the Risk Management Program:

  • To rescind amendments relating to safer technology and alternatives analyses, third-party audits, incident investigations, information availability, and several other minor regulatory changes. Learn more

2. Compliance date may be extended for certain beryllium standard requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a nine-month extension of the compliance date for certain ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard. Learn more

3. Changes proposed to standards for crane and derrick operator training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to update its standard for cranes and derricks in construction by doing the following:

  • Extending and clarifying each employer’s duty to ensure the competency of crane operators through required training, certification or licensing, and evaluation; Learn more

4. Comments requested regarding emission standards for surface coating of wood building products

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the following amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Wood Building Products:

  • To add an alternative compliance demonstration equation;
  • To amend provisions addressing periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction; Learn more

Canada

1. Proposed legislative framework would expand shipowner responsibilities and liability for hazard remediation

Current rules related to hazards from shipwrecks may soon be expanded.

According to the Government of Canada, the new rules would notably

  • “[Require] owners of vessels of 300 gross tonnage and above, and unregistered vessels being towed, to maintain wreck removal insurance or other financial security”; Learn more

British Columbia

1. Public input sought on development of provincial wildlife management and habitat conservation strategy

The B.C. Government is seeking public input to inform the development of a new wildlife management and habitat conservation strategy.

According to the B.C. Government, “the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is looking for thoughts and feedback on:

  • The engagement approach and how you would like to be involved in the future;
  • Questions posed in the challenges section; Learn more

2. Proposed rules controlling the use and cultivation of cannabis

As part of an initiative to establish a provincial framework for the federal legalization of cannabis, new rules controlling the use and cultivation of cannabis may soon be in force.

These rules notably include the following:

  • Prohibitions against smoking or vaping cannabis in workplaces, as well as in vehicles, boats, and public places; Learn more

New Brunswick

1. Input requested on proposed cannabis regulations

As part of an initiative to establish a provincial framework for the federal legalization of cannabis, the Government of New Brunswick is seeking input on proposed regulations concerning the general control of cannabis. Learn more

Newfoundland & Labrador

1. Changes to municipal rules proposed

As part of an initiative to modernize municipal legislation, the provincial government is inviting residents, organisations, and interested parties to provide feedback on various topics such as municipal purposes and structure, accountability and transparency, professional conduct, revenue, and enforcement. Learn more

Nova Scotia

1. Input requested on the development of updated road safety legislation

The Government of Nova Scotia is gathering feedback to inform the development of updated road safety legislation. This legislation, which would replace the Motor Vehicle Act, is expected to be introduced in the Nova Scotia legislature this fall.

According to the Government of Nova Scotia, the new legislation will notably include Learn more

Nunavut

1. More cannabis rules proposed

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut continue to prepare for the federal legalization of cannabis by proposing new conditions regarding the consumption, possession, sale, and distribution of cannabis.

The changes, that would amend the Motor Vehicles Act and the Tobacco Control Act would notably add provisions related to Learn more

Quebec

1. More consumer protection rules proposed

The Government of Quebec is proposing changes to consumer protection rules related to credit card applications, timeshare accommodations, and ticket reselling.

These rules would be put in place by amending the Learn more

2. Proposed rules relate to compensation for damage to wetlands and bodies of water

Input is being sought from the public on new rules for compensation for adverse effects on wetlands and bodies of water.

These rules would be put in place by means of a new regulation, Learn more

Saskatchewan

1. Proposed cannabis rules include restrictions on use and transportation

As a consequence of federal laws for legalization of cannabis, provincial rules may soon be introduced that would implicate public consumption, possession, sale, cultivation, and distribution of recreational cannabis.

Notably, the proposed rules would

  • Generally prohibit the consumption of cannabis in public places; Learn more