Top global EHS regulatory changes – June 2020

By ,

Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from June 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 Federal

New Principal document – Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19, No. 7
 
First effective date – 2020-06-04
Industry – air transportation

This order contains requirements for certain air operators operating passenger flights departing from an aerodrome in Canada and for screening authorities operating in certain Canadian aerodromes. It notably contains requirements respecting the notification of passengers, health checks, the possession and the use of facemasks, and passenger screening and observation. It also prohibits air operators from allowing certain persons to board an aircraft when suspected of having the COVID-19 or when not wearing a facemask.

Canada –  Ontario

Amended document – Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act
Amending document – Amending O. Reg. 153/04 (Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act)

First effective date – 2020-06-12
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is notably to (1) create an exception to the requirement to file a record of site condition for changes of uses for a property where the use is for a temporary health or residential facility; and (2) set out temporary suitability requirements for soil brought to a property with a record of site condition. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is June 12, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Canada –  Nunavut

New Principal document – Cannabis Regulations
 
First effective date – 2020-06-01
Industry – general

This document sets out requirements for cannabis stores. It notably includes provisions regarding the display of signs prohibiting the consumption of cannabis, physical security measures and requirements for the storage of cannabis, and the conditions to make physical alterations to a store. It also contains record keeping requirements and requirements respecting the operation of the store, the destruction of cannabis, licences and licences applications and renewal.

Mexico State

New Principal document – Agreement establishing the plan for the safe return to economic, social, governmental and educational activities due to Virus illness (COVID-19), in the State of Mexico.
 
First effective date – 2020-05-20
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

This legislation sets out public health and safety measures to re-open non-essential activities according to certain level of risks determined by the health authority. It notably contains operation and safety requirements for companies of specific industrial sectors (such as construction and mining industry, manufacture of transport equipment, and transportation industry).

United States Federal

Amended Document – 50 CFR 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Amending Document: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Sonoyta Mud Turtle

First effective date – 2020-07-23
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is to designate critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale). In total, 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is July 23, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

United States – Colorado

New Principal document – CCR Rule 1001-26 Regulation Number 22 Colorado Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Emission Reduction Requirements

First effective date – 2020-07-15
Industry – general

According to its content, this document establishes mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring, record keeping and reporting requirements for owners and operators of certain facilities that directly emit GHGs, and retail or wholesale electric service providers.

United States – New Jersey

Amended Document – NJAC Chapter 7-1E Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances
Amending Document: NJAC Chapter 7-1E Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances; NJAC Chapter 7-14A New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 2020-06-01 Amendments

First effective date – 2020-06-01
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. According to the New Jersey Register, “the Department (the Department of Environmental Protection) is adopting the addition of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) to the List of Hazardous Substances […], Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances (DPHS) rules. The owners or operators of major facilities that store PFOA and PFOS may store these substances in multiple forms. Therefore, the listing will reference these forms, which include acids, anions, salts, and esters. In addition, the Department is adopting the addition of PFNA’s (perfluorononanoic acid) anionic form, salts, and esters to the List of Hazardous Substances”. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is June 1, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Achieve comprehensive compliance with Nimonik

Nimonik exists to help organizations comply with regulatory requirements – leading to less environmental damage, better worker safety and higher quality products. We can help you with:

Document-Level Compliance Obligations

  • Access over 200,000 EHS regulations, standards and guidelines for global jurisdictions on our easy to use software, NimonikApp.
  • Receive alerts when applicable documents change or new ones get introduced.

Clause-Level Compliance Obligations

  • Access specific requirements in over 200,000 EHS regulations, standards and guidelines for global jurisdictions on our easy to use software, NimonikApp.
  • Receive alerts when the specific applicable requirements change or new ones get introduced.
  • Use the specific requirements as audit protocols to assess your compliance.

Audit and Inspection Software

  • Assess your compliance to industry standards, corporate policies, customer requests or any other set of requirements with our robust mobile and web auditing app, Nimonik Audit.

We promise:

  • accuracy and comprehensiveness of our regulatory content
  • rapid publication of regulatory changes
  • easy to use software
  • exceptional customer support
  • state of the art IT security

Contact us to discuss how you can achieve comprehensive compliance.