Top global EHS regulatory changes – April 2020

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from April 2020. We cover EHS legislation and standards for over 90 countries and 200 jurisdictions. If you would like to track legislative changes for specific regions, countries or jurisdictions, we are happy to help. Please send us a request for more information here and we will contact you shortly.

Canada – British Columbia

Amended document – Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
Amending document – Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2020-04-14 Amendments

First effective date – 2020-07-14
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the changes is notably to require an inspection of a concrete pump and placing boom. It requires (1) an inspection to occur at least every 12 months; (2) an inspection of the structural, mechanical and control system components; and (3) a professional engineer to certify it is safe for use. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is July 14, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Canada –  Ontario

Amended document – General – Pesticides Act
Amending document – Amending O. Reg. 63/09 (General)

First effective date – 2020-04-09
Industry – general, chemical

A change to this document has been announced. The effects of the changes are notably to (1) change the references to the Pest Assessment Guidelines for references to the Pest Risk Assessment Guideline; (2) replace the classification of pesticides system with the federal classification system under the Pest Control Products Act (SC2002,c28); (3) add definitions for the list of active ingredients and unlisted pesticides; (4) remove references to geographical locations; (5) adapt the section regarding treated seeds; (6) remove the list of authorised class 12 pesticides; (7) consider pesticides exempted from the application of the Pest Control Products Act as pesticides exempted from this regulation; (8) add rules for the determination of whether an active ingredient is appropriate to use for a cosmetic purpose and modify the part on the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes; (9) specify that “a vendor’s licence of the Treated Seed Class does not expire”; (10) modify various conditions, requirements and restrictions related to structural, land and water exterminations; (11) modify requirements and conditions related to exemptions from having a license to sell certain pesticides; (12) add restrictions to the use of pesticides containing diuron or acrolein in water extermination; (13) modify exemptions and increase the liability coverage requirements for operators of extermination businesses; (14) remove various obligations related to the form of required documentation; (15) list the criteria to prescribe a pesticide as a pesticide forbidden to use for cosmetic purposes; (16) modify the conditions to sell, transfer or store pesticides; (17) modify requirements for treated seed sales representatives; (18) modify reporting and record keeping requirements for the holders of various types of licences; and (19) modify notification requirements related to pesticides. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is April 9, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Canada –  Saskatchewan

Amended document – The Wildlife Regulations
Amending document – The Wildlife Amendment Regulations, 2020

First effective date – 2020-04-01
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. According to the Government of Saskatchewan, the effect of the changes is notably to (1) “offer a second black bear licence to Saskatchewan residents”; (2) “implement a second special elk licence to help manage elk populations”; (3) “create additional antlerless mule deer licences”; (4) “establish a provision for mandatory hunter harvest surveys”; (5) “strengthen the requirement for persons processing wildlife to maintain records”; (6) “clarify which wildlife species landowners may take without a licence when protecting their property”; (7) “modify the Saskatchewan Resident Youth Game Licence”; (8) “correct an oversight regarding the list of big game licences”; and (9) “authorize permits to use tracked wheelchairs for hunters with mobility impairments”. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is April 1, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here and here.

Bailiwick of Jersey

Amended document – Employment (Jersey) Law 2003
Amending document – Employment (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 2020

Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is in particular to a) add new rights for employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding, b) update rights to leave for ante-natal and pre-adoption appointments and for parental leave, and c) require employers to provide facilities for breastfeeding in the workplace. The change comes into effect on a date not yet determined. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

United States – New York

New Principal document – NYCL Title ENV-27-30 Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging Ban

First effective date – 2022-01-01
Industry – chemical, food

This Title establishes restrictions on the sale and distribution of expanded polystyrene foam containers and polystyrene loose fill packaging.

United States – Utah

New Principal document – UC Chapter 73-31 Water Banking Act

First effective date – 2020-05-11
Industry – general

This Chapter provides for the creation of voluntary water banks organized by local water users to administer market transactions for the temporary use of water rights.

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