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Surface Coating Material Regulations – Canada


The Surface Coating Material Regulations came into force on April 19, 2005 and were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on May 4, 2005.

Consequential amendments to Items 2, 9 and 18 of Part I of Schedule I to the Hazardous Products Act and Item 31 of Part II of Schedule I to the Hazardous Products Act were published in the accompanying Order Amending Schedule I to the Hazardous Products Act (Surface Coating Materials).

The Surface Coating Material Regulations set new, lower acceptable levels for lead and mercury in surface coating materials advertised, sold, or imported into Canada. The new lead level also applies to furniture, toys and other articles that are intended for children and that have a surface coating material applied to them, as well as pencils and artists' brushes that have a surface coating material applied to them. The limits for lead and mercury contents are listed below:



Total Lead Content                     600 mg/kg

Total Mercury Content                10 mg/kg




Children’s Jewelry – Lead Content – Surface coating and Non-coating materials


The materials (surface coating and non-coating materials) of children’s jewelry should comply with the following requirements


Total Lead Content                     600 mg/kg

Soluble Lead Content                 90 mg/kg




Canadian Regulations – Mechanical and Electrical Hazards


The Mechanical and Electrical Hazards Division endeavours to protect the Canadian public from potential safety hazards that may be associated with a variety of children's products, household products, and recreational and sports products. Children's products include children's furniture, child care equipment, toys and related products, as well as children's clothing and accessories. Furniture, gardening equipment, and blind and curtain cords fall under the scope of household products. The category of recreational and sports products includes, but is not limited to, playground equipment, bicycles, and swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. Most home electrical appliances are controlled by provincial electrical codes that reference Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards. Potential product-related safety hazards include choking, strangulation, suffocation, puncture, entanglement, entrapment, and fire hazards.



*        Carbonated Beverage Glass Containers Regulations

*        Carriage and Stroller Regulations

*        Cribs and Cradles Regulations

*        Hazardous Products (Booster Cushions) Regulations

*        Hazardous Products (Child Restraint Systems) Regulations

*        Hazardous Products (Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures) Regulations

*        Hazardous Products (Pacifiers) Regulations

*        Hazardous Products (Toys) Regulations

*        Playpens Regulations

*        Safety Glass Regulations




Canadian Regulations – Chemical Hazards


Consumer products are assessed for the hazards that they may pose during foreseeable use. In general, the hazards are from short-term exposure but there are also some long-term exposure hazards. While some hazards are easily identified by the use of hazard symbols and bilingual precautionary warnings printed on a label, other hazards are less obvious, such as children's jewellery containing lead. Other products that are assessed for chemical hazards include, but are not limited to, kettles, glazed ceramics and glassware, and ozone generators.


Chemical Labelling and Packaging

Consumer Chemicals and Container Regulations, 2001

Lead and Other Toxic Elements

Lead Risk Reduction Strategy

Proposed Candle Regulations

Proposed Regulations Amending the Hazardous Products (Glazed Ceramics and Glassware) Regulations

Children's Jewellery Regulations

Hazardous Products (Kettles) Regulations

Pencils and Artists' Brushes

Surface Coating Material Regulations



Hazardous Products (Crocidolite Asbestos) Regulations

Other Chemical Hazards

Chemicals in Toys

Nitrosamines in Pacifiers and Baby Bottle Nipples

Ozone Generators

Science Education Sets Regulations


Canadian Regulations – Flammability Hazards

Consumer products are assessed for the flammability hazards that they may pose during foreseeable use. These hazards may be the result of the product being a source of ignition or of a product that may readily ignite. Products that are assessed for these hazards include, but are not limited to, lighters, matches and cellulose insulation as well as textile products such as children's sleepwear, clothing, tents, bedding, and rnattresses.


Sources of ignition


Prohibition on Relite Candles

Proposed Candle Regulations


Hazardous Products (Lighters) Regulations

Update on proposed Lighters Regulations


Hazardous Products (Matches) Regulations


Products that may ignite


Hazardous Products (Carpet) Regulations


Hazardous Products (Charcoal) Regulations

Cellulose Insulation

Hazardous Products (Cellulose Insulation) Regulations

Children's Sleepwear


Hazardous Products (Children's Sleepwear) Regulations Children's

Sleepwear: Flammability Requirement Guidelines

Information to Dealers of Second-Hand Children's Products

General Textiles

Industry Guide: Flammability of Textile Products in Canada

Mattresses and Futons

Hazardous Products (Mattresses) Regulations

Industry Guide to Futon Flammability Requirements in Canada


      Hazardous Products (Tents) Regulations





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