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Press Release — WHMIS 2.0 Implementation of GHS in Canada: An Informative Overview.

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DECEMBER 20, 2013 — ICC introduces a new infographic — WHMIS 2.0 Implementation of GHS in Canada: An Informative Overview. The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is being implemented by Canada and this alignment will change WHMIS-related laws (the Hazardous Products Act and Controlled Products Regulations).

Health Canada is the governing body responsible for making the required changes to the WHMIS and have indicated that Gazette I may be published sometime in early 2014. Their goal is to have the updated WHMIS laws in force by June 2015, with a transition period being anticipated. More simply, this means that suppliers may start to use and follow the new requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada at that time. Provincial and territorial WHMIS regulations will also require updating and it is expected that this will be completed by June 2016.

Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard will affect Hazard Classification, Labeling, Safety Data Sheets, as well as Training. New criteria have been established for Hazard Classification in order to address physical hazards of chemicals, and chemical mixtures. The GHS Labeling standard requires that all hazards are communicated properly in an easy to understand format using signal words, pictograms, hazard statements and a precautionary statement for individual hazard classes and categories. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will now require a 16-section format.

ICC Compliance Center offers a wide variety of GHS ready products and services such as: training, publications, posters/charts, labeling solutions, workplace safety signs, and much more. With 188 years of regulatory experience, we have resources and knowledge that you can rely on to help you through the transition.

Please use our WHMIS 2.0 infographic as a reference tool. We, at ICC Compliance Center, look forward to partnering with and assisting you through your transition.

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