Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has been modified to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as WHMIS 2015. Although many, if not most, of you are familiar with the adoption, there are often uncertainties about the regulation, particularly as it pertains to jurisdictional adoption.
It is important to note that Canadian employers are regulated at the federal, provincial or territorial level depending on the employer and its location, and each jurisdiction is responsible for its own legislation for WHMIS 2015. This non-uniformity has resulted in uncertainty for employers and their requirements from one jurisdiction to the next. It can be difficult for organizations to understand, track and manage sites that are under the umbrella of multiple jurisdictions. Customers are also confused about the specifics of the new regulation, particularly when corporations have multiple offices across various provinces or territories. It is imperative that all organizations understand the subtleties between each jurisdiction to promote compliance and efficiency across the supply chain.
Let Us Simplify WHMIS 2015 for You!
In an effort to provide tools to help Canadian facilities mitigate these challenges, SiteHawk offers a WHMIS 2015 infographic for a quick and easy reference for the Canadian adoption of GHS. This valuable resource enables organizations to be thorough and accurate in the drive for compliance.
What’s In the Infographic?
The diagram highlights each province and territory and provides a snapshot of the following criteria as it relates to the adoption of WHMIS 2015:
- GHS Adoption
- 3-Year Revision Rule
- SDS Language Requirement
- SDS Retention Requirement
As a global partner in compliance, SiteHawk works to support success and operational excellence in your organization. We hope that organizations with Canadian facilities will benefit from this infographic enabling them to more easily navigate in the WHMIS 2015 transition.
About the Author
Patrick Lizotte worked for 18 years in the telecommunication and wireless arena before completing a graduate degree in sustainability at the Université de Montréal. For the past 4 years he has been working in the green tech sector in EMIS and Chemical Management market helping companies become safer and environmentally more responsible.
SiteHawk is a global leader in Chemical Data Intelligence and compliance solutions. Our SaaS software and services deliver a complete approach to chemical data management, providing data, intelligence and reporting to support safety, compliance and risk management. Organizations in virtually every industry worldwide utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet EHS compliance and product stewardship initiatives, manage chemical inventories and data, publish safety data sheets and promote workplace safety. For more information, visit the SiteHawk website.