Health Canada has updated its regulatory requirements for workplace chemicals by aligning WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) with GHS (the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). This revision will affect the information required on Safety Data Sheets and labels for products used in the workplace that are classified as hazardous.
A transition period is in effect in order for suppliers of hazardous products to implement the new requirements of WHMIS 2015.
All products classified as “hazardous” according to WHMIS 2015 are required to have an associated safety data sheet (SDS) in the workplace available for all employees. Since WHMIS 2015 follows the guidelines of GHS, SDSs will be comprised of 16 sections, each reporting specific information about the product.
The new WHMIS 2015 requirements have a large impact on the labeling of hazardous products.
GHS provides specific information that must be included on the label:
A supplier must update a label after receiving “new significant data” within 180 days if being notified.
Critical Path Services can provide hazard classifications for your products and WHMIS 2015-compliant SDSs and label templates in both English and French. We can also help you with Canadian notifications and other questions concerning Canadian regulatory requirements.