February 11, 2015
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Updated to Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

The Government of Canada recently modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015. The Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) and the Ingredient Disclosure List have been repealed.

While WHMIS 2015 includes new harmonized criteria for hazard classification and requirements for labels and Safety Data Sheets, the roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers have not changed.

To provide Canadian suppliers, employers and workers some time to adjust to WHMIS 2015, there is a transition period. During this period, there are very specific regulations to adhere to - suppliers must choose to follow one of the options clearly set out in detail at this link.