GHS/WHMIS Deadline Moving Closer: Get Prepared Now


As we get closer to the final GHS deadline, it’s important to remember what is needed for your organization to be GHS compliant.

First a little background: The Government of Canada created modifications to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to incorporate the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) regulations.

That modified WHMIS is now referred to as WHMIS 2015.

WorkSafeBC explains how WHMIS includes elements of GHS, which has created new standardized:

Hazard Classification Criteria: The new criteria keeps the same level of protection already provided, but incorporates some new hazard classes.

Label Requirements: Supplier labels feature a few new requirements. Most hazard classes and categories have a prescribed signal word, hazard statements, a pictogram and precautionary statements. Supplier labels will still be required in both English and French.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Requirements: Safety data sheets (SDSs) will replace material safety data sheets (MSDSs). SDSs have 16 sections.

Final compliance for WHMIS 2015 isn’t required for employers, distributors, as well as manufacturers and importers until December 1, 2018.

While there is still time, what has your company done so far in preparation of the compliance deadline? What else do you need to do?

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