Regulatory amendments relating to WHMIS 2015

March 9, 2015

Dear Stakeholder:

On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) relating to WHMIS 2015.  Proposed amendments were taken to a public consultation in February 2015 and then to a public hearing on February 20, 2015.

These changes will harmonize with the Government of Canada’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS will not replace WHMIS. The existing WHMIS requirements will align with the GHS elements and will be called WHMIS 2015.

The approved amendments regard the following:

  • Part 1, Definitions
  • Part 4, General Conditions
  • Part 5, Chemical Agents
  • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements
  • Part 9, Confined Spaces
  • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment
  • Part 24, Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations

Strikethrough versions of the approved amendments, along with explanatory notes, and the related Board of Directors’ Resolution can be accessed via the link below. The transcripts from the oral public hearing and written submissions received during the public hearing process can also be accessed via this link.

Resolution, approved amendments, and stakeholder feedback link

These regulatory amendments to the OHSR come into force on the date sections 5 and 6 of the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, Bill 9, come into force.


G. John Panusa, LL.M.

Barrister & SolicitorDirector,

OHS Regulation,

Policy & Governance WorkSafeBC