Top global EHS regulatory changes – March 2021

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from March 2021. We cover EHS legislation and standards for over 100 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

Amended document – COVID-19: Guidance material for air operators – Managing Travellers coming to Canada from the United States
Amending document – COVID-19: Guidance material for air operators – Managing Travellers coming to Canada from the United States 2021-03-04 Amendments

Published date: 2021-03-04
Industry Sector: Air Transportation

This amended guidance outlines requirements respecting the notification of passengers concerning measures in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the ways to process a foreign national traveller in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way to conduct health checks, the management of ill travellers, and the verification of travellers to verify that they have face covering masks. It also outlines measures to protect air operator staff from COVID-19 during the boarding process.

Canada – British Columbia

New Principal Document – Oil and Gas Processing Facility Regulation

First effective date: 2021-03-04
Industry Sector: Oil and Gas Industry

This regulation contains requirements and standards for oil and gas processing facilities. It notably incorporates by reference various codes and standards for facilities, sets out the application process to obtain a processing facility permit and provides for the requirements for such an application. It also establishes requirements with respect to the design and construction of a processing facility, notification, recordkeeping and reporting, the testing and operation of a processing facility, the suspension of the operations and the decommissioning of a facility, and the implementation and the review of the management system.

New Principal Document – Requirements for Consultation and Notification Regulation

First effective date: 2021-06-01
Industry Sector: Oil and Gas Industry

This regulation specifies who needs to consult or notify, and who must be notified or consulted. It also establishes requirements and obligations with respect to the consultation and the notification processes, such as the consultation and notification distances, the information to be provided, and how to carry a consultation or a notification. It also provides for the revision of the proposed activities, and for requirements with respect to the notice before entry on land.

Canada – Quebec

Amended document – Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water
Amending document – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water

Published date: 2021-03-10
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended regulation establishes drinking water quality standards when the water flows through a distribution system or a tanker. It also provides for criminal offenses in the event of non-compliance.

United States –  Federal

Amended document – 40 CFR 141 Subpart A General
Amending document – National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions; Delay of Effective Date

First effective date: 2021-03-15
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended subpart establishes primary drinking water regulations pursuant to section 1412 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Safe Drinking Water Act and related regulations applicable to public water systems.

United States – New York

New Principal Document – NYCRR Part 19-XVIII-900 Office of Renewable Energy Siting

First effective date: 2021-03-11
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management and Maintenance

According to its content, this document “establishes the prohibitions and requirements for the use and manufacture of hydrofluorocarbons in the State of Delaware according to their specific end usage (including air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, aerosol propellants, and foam end-uses)”.

United States –  Delaware

New Principal Document – DAC 7-1151 Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons in Specific End-Uses

First effective date: 2021-03-03
Industry Sector: Utilities and Communications

This Part sets out requirements for permit applications for major renewable energy facilities. It applies to applications for permits for the siting, design, construction, operation, compliance, enforcement, and modification of such facilities.


New Principal Document – Act on the obligation to ensure covid-19 testing of incoming labor after entry into Denmark

Published date: 2021-02-02
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance 

This legislation notably requires employers who employ certain migrant workers to ensure and report that these employees are tested for Covid-19 after entry into Denmark, as well as to set up a Covid-19 testing plan for incoming workers.

European Union

New Principal document – Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/392 of 4 March 2021 on the monitoring and reporting of data relating to CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Implementing Regulations (EU) No 1014/2010, (EU) No 293/2012, (EU) 2017/1152 and (EU) 2017/1153 (Text with EEA relevance)

First effective date: 2021-03-25
Industry Sector: Hardware Manufacturing

This legislation notably sets out monitoring and reporting procedures and requirements for manufacturers respecting CO2 emissions, fuel and energy consumption of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.


New Principal document – Energy Code Articles L283-1 to L283-5: Monitoring and verification of compliance with sustainability criteria and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

First effective date: 2021-07-01
Industry Sector: Utilities and Communications, Oil and Gas Industry, Mining and Minerals Industry, Agriculture Industry

This chapter applies to operators extracting, cultivating raw materials, transforming biomass into biofuel, bioliquid or fuel, as well those transporting, selling, or using for electricity production purposes these products. It notably sets out requirements for the monitoring, reporting, and inspection of greenhouse emissions reduction targets that should be implemented by the operators.


New Principal document – Resource Sustainability (Producer Responsibility Schemes) Regulations 2021

First effective date: 2021-02-11
Industry Sector: Genaral Industry

This legislation notably sets out requirements for waste generators. It includes provisions related to submitting waste collection and contingency plans, conditions for disposing and treating collected waste, quantification methods for e-waste collection, and record-keeping requirements.

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