March 9, 2015
On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBCs 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 Canadas 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:
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.
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,
Policy & Governance WorkSafeBC