WHMIS 2015: Less than 60 days to compliance
By: Kirsten Alcock, Product Safety Manager, email
52 days and counting – Canada’s WHMIS 2015 deadline for GHS compliance is June 1, 2017
On February 11, 2015, Health Canada published in the Canada Gazette, Part II the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), which modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for the workplace. This modified WHMIS is commonly referred to as WHMIS 2015. The Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) has been repealed.
The first deadline for Canada GHS implementation for SDSs and labels is June 1, 2017. As of June 1st, the new Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) comes into effect. Although Canada and the United States worked diligently to align their adoptions, there are still some differences between HazCom 2012 and WHMIS 2015. Contrary to popular belief, a US compliant HCS 2012 document is NOT compliant with the new Canadian regulations.
Canada adopted Version 5 Label Statements for most classifications whereas the US adopted version 3. This can lead to different statement requirements for the Prevention, Response, Storage and the Disposal sections of your label as well as on your SDS. These differences will lead to non-compliance when selling your US product into Canada with a HazCom 2012 SDS and label.
We urge our clients to start the process of moving from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015 NOW. Label changes can be a very lengthy process which needs to be under way already. Please ensure that you and your company have started this process.
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