OHS Insider Month in Review – February 2018: Federal
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Jan. 25: Health Canada loosened the physical security requirements for medical cannabis growing operations. Effective immediately, licensed producers (LPs):
- May store cannabis in a secure area of the facility rather than a vault meeting storage requirements of the Physical Security for Controlled Substances Directive
- Must ensure the storage area is secured with physical barriers, intrusion detection and 24/7 visual monitoring
- Must keep records of all persons entering the storage area
- No longer need to have 24/7 video surveillance in cultivation and harvest rooms (but 24/7 surveillance still required for access points to such rooms).
Jan. 1: Strict new safety and sanitation standards for temporary foreign agricultural workers took effect, including occupancy limitations and more frequent inspection reporting obligations.
Jan. 27: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission wrapped up public comments on its nuclear emergency recovery requirements proposal. Although aimed primarily at the government sector, the proposed regulations would also have implications for private sector companies and workplaces.
Climate Change—Carbon Pricing
Feb. 12: That’s the deadline to comment on the government’s proposed federal carbon pricing plan. All of the provinces have committed to carbon pricing and the four largest provinces (covering 80% of the population) have actually put a system in place—Ontario, Québec, Alberta and BC.
Climate Change—Clean Fuel
Jan. 19: Highlights of the proposed Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Framework, the comment period for which ended today:
- Goal: Cut Canadian greenhouse gas emissions 30% (vs. 2005 levels) by 2030
- Sectors covered: Transportation, building and industry
- Fuels covered: Liquids, solids and gases burned to produce energy
- Compliance options: Inclusion of renewable fuel content, earning of credits via use of clean energy (among other methods) and trading of credits as a commodity.