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Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).


A multi-year transition plan has been announced. From now until May 31, 2018, suppliers (manufacturers and importers) can use WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 to classify and communicate the hazards of their products (recall that suppliers must use one system or the other). 

 

From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018, distributors can continue to sell, and those importing for their own use can continue to use, hazardous products with labels and (M) SDSs that are compliant with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015.

 
Phase
Timing
Suppliers

 

 

 

Manufacturers and Importers

Distributors

Employer*

Phase 1

From February 11, 2015 to May 31, 2018

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Consult F/P/T regulator

Phase 2

From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Phase 3

From September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Completion

December 1, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015

 

 

 

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What's New

 

Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).


A multi-year transition plan has been announced. From now until May 31, 2018, suppliers (manufacturers and importers) can use WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 to classify and communicate the hazards of their products (recall that suppliers must use one system or the other). 

 

From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018, distributors can continue to sell, and those importing for their own use can continue to use, hazardous products with labels and (M) SDSs that are compliant with WHMIS 1988 or

WHMIS 2015.

 

Phase
Timing
Suppliers

 

 

 

Manufacturers and Importers

Distributors

Employer*

Phase 1

From February 11, 2015 to May 31, 2018

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Consult F/P/T regulator

Phase 2

From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Phase 3

From September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015

Completion

December 1, 2018

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015