The amendments to Ontario Regulation 455/09 extending the due date for the Phase I Plans and Plan Summaries under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 came into effect on July 1, 2011. The new date for developing Toxic Substance Reduction Plans is December 31, 2012.
A Toxic Substance Reduction Plan is required to be certified by the highest ranking employee at the facility with management responsibilities relating to the facility and a toxic substance reduction planner being a person with the qualifications prescribed by the regulation. A toxic substance reduction planner is required to be licensed. Licences are valid for a period of 5 years and may be renewed subject to the planner meeting continuing education and professional development requirements.
The purpose of the amendment to Ontario Regulation 455/09 was to ensure that there were a sufficient number of toxic substance reduction planners in order to assist the facilities with developing and certifying the plans in advance of the due date.
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