Amendments to the federal Hazardous Products Act and Hazardous Products Regulations requirements for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) are now in effect. The amendments, referred to as WHMIS 2015, reflect the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
To ensure consistency of WHMIS across Canada, provincial and territorial jurisdictions responsible for occupational health and safety legislation have agreed to implement the necessary changes to their respective legislation as soon as practical. Where provincial or territorial jurisdictions are unable to bring the required legislative amendments into force on February 11, 2015, the transition to WHMIS 2015 will be implemented through temporary measures until the necessary amendments are put in place.
Transition will take effect in three phases:
This transitional approach is guided by five principles and any temporary measures necessary in provincial or territorial jurisdictions will be applied to ensure employee health and safety. The five principles are:
In New Brunswick
New Brunswick's new WHMIS regulation came into effect on April 1, 2016.
Information to help with the transition from WHMIS 1988 to WHIMS 2015 is available for suppliers, distributors, employers and employees through WHMIS.org and WorkSafeNB.ca. Additional information and resources will be added throughout the transition period.
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