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WHMIS Outreach

WHMIS Outreach

Health Canada who oversees the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the associated Hazardous Product Regulations (HPR) which oversees the WHMIS supplier requirements including labeling, safety data sheets and exclusions has been working on several tools to assist Suppliers with classification of their hazardous products.

The first, is a Product Label Comparison Tool, and Safety Data Sheet Tool which can be found posted on

First, the Product Label Tool helps employers and workers better understand the requirements for labeling under the HPA as compared to the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), which has never been aligned with WHMIS (wait…it is being discussed). There are several examples of products that could be sold under both industrial and consumer markets, with comparison labels for each regulation.

The Safety Data Sheet Compliance Tool provides  suppliers, importers and distributors an understanding of what is required under the WHMIS regulations, AND the most common errors found on a document.

The last tool that is available is the Hazardous Substance Assessment (HSA) which provides  a non-mandatory classification of common hazardous chemicals. Although the list only contains a few classifications, new additions are being added regularly. This information can be found here.

So what is next?

Health Canada together with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety are working on Technical Decision Trees (see example below), which are expected to be posted on by March 2023. Although not exhaustive, these educational logic models will help suppliers, importers, and distributors visualize how to classify their products by taking them through the health hazard classes.

ICC Compliance Center is your source for regulatory information regarding workplace hazard communication regulations. Our Regulatory Experts welcome your call on our helpdesk. 


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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.

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