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Bromofluorocarbons (BFCs) are halons. Halons are organic, synthetic (i.e., human-made) chemicals. They are found in fire protection applications due to their effectiveness as fire extinguishing agents. However, bromofluorocarbons have ozone-depleting potential (ODP), thus they are identified as an ozone-depleting substance (ODS).
Canada is a Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which requires Parties to gradually phase-out production and consumption of ODS, as well as reduce and eliminate trade in these substances. Since January 1st, 1996, the manufacture, import and export of all halons, except Halon 1011, 1211, 1301 and 2402, has been prohibited in Canada, except for essential uses or for use as analytical standards. Since July 1st, 1994, the manufacture, import and export of Halon 1211, 1301 and 2402 has been prohibited in Canada, except for essential uses or for use as analytical standards. Since January 1st, 2002, the manufacture, import and export of Halon 1011 has been prohibited in Canada, except for essential uses or for use as analytical standards.
There is more than one CAS number that applies to this group of substances.
- CEPA 1999 Schedule 1 - List of Toxic Substances - This substance has been added to the List of Toxic Substances.
- Full life cycle management of the substance (Track 2) under the Toxic Substances Management Policy
Risk Management Tool(s)
Tool(s) developed to manage risks associated with the substance:
- Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998
- Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003
- National Action Plan for the Environmental Control of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and their Halocarbon Alternatives
- Canada's Strategy to Accelerate the Phase-Out of CFC and Halon Uses and to Dispose of the Surplus Stocks
Substances Management Information Line
Chemicals Management Plan
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-800-567-1999 (in Canada) or 819-938-3232
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