WHMIS 2015 Compliance Deadline December 01, 2018!

 

WHMIS 2015 - Phasing in GHS!

Health Canada (Federal Government) has implemented changes to the WHMIS system by incorporating the Global Harmonized System (GHS) and renaming the system WHMIS 2015. Due to these changes, WHMIS is in a period of transition between two hazard communication regimes - WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015.

To give suppliers, employers and workers time to adjust to the new system, implementation of the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (WHMIS 2015) will take place over a three-stage transition period that is synchronized nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

WHMIS 2015 Compliance Phase-in Deadlines:

         

Phase 1

February 11, 2015 to May 31, 2018

Comply with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements

Comply with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements

Employees must be trained on the system(s) with which their Hazardous Products comply (1988 or 2015).

It is recommended that during the phase-in period that employees are trained on both systems to ensure full compliance.

Phase 2

June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Comply with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements

Phase 3

September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Completion

December 1st, 2018

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only

Enforcement during the WHMIS transition

The Ministry of Labour:

  • enforces the new provincial WHMIS 2015 requirements
  • will continue to enforce the WHMIS 1988 requirements until December 1, 2018 for employers and workers

 

Worker education

During the transition, employers must ensure that workers are trained on:

  • controlled products with WHMIS 1988 labels and material safety data sheets for as long as they are still used in the workplace
  • hazardous products with WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets, as soon as possible before they are used

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a hazard communication system which consists of:

  • Specific labeling of hazardous products
  • Safety Data Sheets which provide details about the products
  • Training of workers so they know how to work safety with these products

 

The type and amount of training will depend on whether a product is new to the workplace and/or newly classified as a hazardous product.

For information on WHMIS training courses, contact Advanced Industrial Training Inc. 

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