On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette, Part II. These regulations, combined with amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015. With the incorporation of the GHS, the hazard classification and communication requirements of WHMIS are aligned with the workplace hazard classification and communication requirements of the United States (U.S.) and other Canadian trading partners.
To provide guidance to suppliers of hazardous products destined for Canadian workplaces and in support of the 2016-17 Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Workplace Chemicals work plan, Health Canada committed to release Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR in two phases. Phase 1 was released on June 29, 2016 and focused on classification principles, hazard communication and Confidential Business Information (CBI). The Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau has now released the full Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR – WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements as the second phase release. This release comprises Phase 1 content as well as Phase 2 content (focused on physical hazard and health hazard classification) in a consolidated Guidance document.
The development of the Technical Guidance has been informed by considering comments received from stakeholders as part of the publication of the proposed HPR in the Canada Gazette, Part I, comments received on guidance priorities, as well as inquiries received through the WHMIS email account.
Health Canada’s website at WHMIS.gc.ca has been updated to reflect the availability of the Technical Guidance. A PDF copy of the guidance can be requested via this link: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/occup-travail/technical-guidance-whmis-2015-guide-technique-simdut/index-eng.php. A copy is also provided below.
Specific questions or comments regarding this guidance can be directed to Health Canada at: WHMIS_SIMDUT@hc-sc.gc.ca.
For information on employer WHMIS requirements set out by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) occupational health and safety agencies, contact the agency in your jurisdiction. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can also be found at WHMIS.org. This site is Canada’s portal to WHMIS information for all WHMIS stakeholders, including suppliers, employers, workers and trainers.
For more information in regards to WHMIS 2015, please contact Mark Roehler.