Canada Adopts GHS As WHMIS 2015 and Updates to WHMIS 1988

On Wednesday, February 11, The Canada Gazette, Part II noted updates as Canada adopts GHS WHMIS 2015 and published the much anticipated regulatory requirements for WHMIS 2015 – the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Canada’s adoption of GHS will be known as WHMIS 2015. It will not replace WHMIS (1988); rather, it will be updated to align with the United States’ adoption of GHS as regulated by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (2012).

All Canadian provinces and territories are expected to amend their WHMIS requirements to adapt to the changes in the WHMIS 2015 regulations.  A multi-phase transition period has been established that allows manufacturers, importers and suppliers the option to comply with either the original WHMIS 1988 or the new WHMIS 2015 during the phase one transition period. More information about how Canada Adopts GHS WHMIS 2015 can be found by visiting the Health Canada website which includes an explanation of transition phases.


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