On the 5th of October the Canada Gazette published that Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations 2012 has added five substances they are HBCD, PFOA, LC-PFCAs, PBDEs and PFOS.
|Substance name||Prohibition||Exemptions||Main uses|
|Hexabromoc yclododecan e (HBCD)||prohibiting the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of the substance HBCD.||• Expanded and extruded polystyrene foams and their intermediary products for a building or construction application would be prohibited after Jan 1, 2017.||used primarily as a flame retardant in insulation materials in the construction industry .|
|PFOA||prohibiting the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, or import of PFOA and LC-PFCAs and products containing these substances.||• water-based inks and photo media coatings containing these substances until December 31, 2016; • In aqueous film forming foam used in fire-fighting applications; • Intended for personal use.||used as water, oil and grease repellants; as surfactants; and as spreading and wetting agents.|
|Polybrominat ed diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)||prohibit the use, sale, offer for sale and import of PBDEs(molecular formula C12H(10–n)BrnO in which 4≤n≤10),as well as mixtures, polymers and resins containing these substances.||/||flame retardant mostly in consumer products such as electrical and electronic goods, and in transportation, textile and construction products.|
|Perfluoroocta ne sulfonate (PFOS)||maintain similar regulatory requirements, as specified under the PFOS Regulations.||• Photographic films, papers and printing plates; • Photoresists or anti-reflective coatings for photolithography processes; • Aqueous Film Forming Foam (lConcentration Limit of the Toxic Substance:10ppm); • In aqueous film forming foam present in a military vessel or military fire-fighting vehicle contaminated during a foreign military operation.||used as a surfactant in fume suppressants and aqueous film-forming foam.|
Manufacturers of related products should follow the updated requirements of Canadian legislations and look for new environmentally friendly substitutes to ensure compliance of products exported for the Canadian market.