Category: SDS Management

WHMIS 2015 – Transition Period and Key Findings

Feb 2015

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, SDS Management, WHMIS 2015

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Last week, the Government of Canada announced it will be incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) by modifying WHMIS (1998) to WHMIS 2015 and providing a WHMIS 2015 transition period. WHMIS 2015 is based on the requirements contained in the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) and Hazardous Products Act (HPA)…

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Canada Adopts GHS As WHMIS 2015 and Updates to WHMIS 1988

Feb 2015

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, SDS Management, WHMIS 2015

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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…

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New partnership, new possibilities for EHS management programs

Dec 2014

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, SDS Management

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Recently, SiteHawk announced a new partnership with Intelex, a leading environmental, health, safety (EHS) and quality software provider–the SiteHawk Intelex partnership bridges the gap between chemical data content and EHS management applications. The data that SiteHawk collects from SDSs now feeds into Intelex’s applications such as water quality, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and risk management. This…

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Proposed Changes to the GHS “Purple Book”, Revision 6

Nov 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, Product Sustainability, SDS Authoring, SDS Management

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Every two years, the UN Sub-committee releases an updated version of the official text of the GHS, commonly known as the “Purple Book.”  In 2015, they will release the sixth revision. Among the changes that are expected to be in the sixth revision are new physical hazard classes and hazard categories, guidance for the physical properties in section 9…

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Waiting for WHMIS – An update on Canada’s adoption of GHS

Oct 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, SDS Management, WHMIS

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) which provides Canada’s workplace chemicals hazard communication system recently published its proposed Hazardous Products Regulations and Canada’s GHS adoption in the Canada Gazette. Proposed changes include implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as published by the United Nations without the loss of…

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Is Just GHS Good Enough?

Feb 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, SDS Management

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Environmental, health, and safety professionals are aiming to update vendor safety data sheets with the latest Globally Harmonized System (GHS) versions for internal hazcom compliance.  However, is knowing simply whether or not an SDS is compliant with OSHA HazCom 2012good enough?  The short answer is, no. Implemented correctly, there is no such thing as a…

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What is a Chemical Profiling System?

Oct 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, Product Development, SDS Management

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A chemical profiling system essentially allows EH&S and business professional to extract important chemical information out of the materials located in their facility.

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5 “Gotchas” in SDS Compliance

Oct 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, HazCom Compliance, SDS Management

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All SDS service providers are alike, right? Wrong. As we are sometimes reminded us, cheap can be expensive if the solution you buy does not provide the level of service or functionality that your business needs.

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How Valuable is Immediate Hazard Info in an Emergency: Utilizing QR Codes

May 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Product Development, SDS Management

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This sheet provides information about the placement and volatility of materials in the vehicle. This is similar to a safety data sheet, in that both identify and convey hazards. In an emergency this would most likely be first responders.

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Highlight Feature: Regulatory Threshold Worksheets

Apr 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: HazCom Compliance, Product Development, SDS Management

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In the most basic description, the Regulatory Threshold Worksheets compare material quantities recorded within SiteHawk to be compared against reporting threshold levels for reporting of various regulations. It sounds simple enough, but it is also one of the most talked about and powerful new features in SiteHawk Professional. It acts like a regulatory checks and…

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