GHS Label Exceptions for Canada
By: Kirsten Alcock, Manager of Product Safety, email
Did you know that there are exceptions for GHS Labeling in Canada?
Many companies are not aware of this. The GHS regulations for Canada came into effect last year, and with it was the new requirements for the GHS Label. The label information is very different than that of the previous WHMIS 1998, but what Health Canada did keep was the exemption to have small container package requirements.
Why is this important?
This is something that is very important to our clients as we are a bilingual country and real estate on a label is precious. Every GHS label is required to not only be in English but also Canadian French.
It can be very difficult to find room to put all of the mandated phrasing on a label in both languages, and therefore Health Canada allowed industry to use this exception when necessary.
What are these size exceptions?
In the new GHS regulations, we are permitted to have less language on the label when the product meets smaller sizes of 100 mL or less. There are also additional smaller capacity container size requirements when your product is only 3 mL or less.
This information can be found here in the Hazardous Products Regulations.
How can we help?
If you would like more information about your label requirements in Canada, please contact Dell Tech Laboratories for further details. We can help you classify your product for GHS, advise of the mandated phrases in English and Canadian French, pictograms and exceptions of when they apply.
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons)
Manager, Product Safety Group
Dell Tech has provided professional, confidential consulting services to the chemical specialty
industry in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia for the last 40 years.
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