WorkSafeBC is proposing changes to the OHSR relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) in order to implement the amendments with an effective date of June 1, 2015. These proposed changes are to fulfill a national commitment to align the current WHMIS requirements with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
WHMIS, Canada’s national hazard communication system, has been in place since 1988. The key elements of the system are
- Hazard identification and product classification
- Cautionary labelling of controlled products
- Provision of material safety data sheets
- Worker education and training programs
The GHS will not replace WHMIS. The existing WHMIS requirements will align with the GHS elements and will be called WHMIS 2015.
More details are available here.
With changes to WHMIS coming into effect on July 1, a website has been developed to help Canadians transition from the old WHMIS system to WHMIS 2015 which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).