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WHMIS & GHS – What you need to know

On February 11, 2015, Health Canada issued the final Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in Canada Gazette II that implements the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada.

While Canada has adopted the new GHS, the transition is gradual to:

  • ensure partners and stakeholders have enough time to make the necessary legislative, regulatory and system adjustments
  • allow old labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) to be moved out of the supply chain and workplaces in a predictable manner
  • increase employer and worker awareness and understanding of changes to hazard classification and communication in WHMIS 2015
  • provide consistency across Canada through coordination and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

Additional information about WHMIS 2015 can be found here:

What do I need to do as an employer?

Training is still required, whether it is WHMIS or WHMIS 2015 if you are working with hazardous materials.

If an employer is using new SDS and labels, training that incorporates WHMIS 2015 will be required sooner. This is more likely if you are importing or exporting goods from other countries. As your organization begins using new SDS and labels, you will transition to WHMIS 2015 training.

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How to Order

To order any of our WHMIS materials fill out our Purchase Request Form or call your Account Manager at 800-267-7482. You can also email your request to safety@electrolab.ca