GHS Compliance in Canada (WHMIS 2015)

As per Health Canada requirements:

An (M)SDS and label that is compliant with the U.S. Hazard Communication Standard (2012) may not be sufficient for compliance in Canada. Suppliers and employers must be compliant with the Canadian requirements.

In order to remain at the same level of safety that was included in the previous WHMIS 1988 (CPR) regulations, Canada has decided to differentiate itself from the United States’ HCS 2012 regulations on several key elements. Here is a partial list of items that need to appear on the SDS:

  • 1. Canadian importer specific Address
  • 2. HNOCs split in two
  • 3. Trade secret different than the US
  • 4. Canada has an extra pictogram
  • 5. Certain hazards are different
  • 6. Language is important
  • 7. Inventory lists
  • 8. OELs etc.
    • KMK has many options to lower your cost of compliance, including product grouping, Multi-country documents (all of NA on a single Master SDS)….

Important steps to GHS Compliance (WHMIS 2015)

  • 1. Re-evaluation of how substances and mixtures are classified under GHS.
  • 2. Updating and re-issuing of all regulated documents, such as SDS, and labels
    • KMK will provide the expert process as well as a dedicated project manager to guarantee the success of every mandate.
  • 3. Training staff on new GHS classifications and symbols.
    • It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all employees are trained on the new classifications, hazards and pictograms. Please see the time table below.
    • KMK has released e-learning packages in both official Canadian languages.

Why is GHS necessary?

GHS promises to deliver several distinct benefits. Among them are:
  • Promoting regulatory efficiency.
  • Facilitating trade.
  • Easing compliance.
  • Reducing costs.
  • Providing improved, consistent hazard information.
  • Encouraging the safe transport, handling and use of chemicals.
  • Promoting better emergency response to chemical incidents.
  • Reducing the need for animal testing.

The two major elements of GHS are:

  • 1. Classification of the hazards of chemicals according to the GHS rules:
    • GHS provides guidance on classifying pure chemicals and mixtures according to its criteria or rules.
  • 2. Communication of the hazards and precautionary information using Safety Data Sheets and labels:

Labels - With the GHS system, certain information will appear on the label. For example, the chemical identity may be required. Standardized hazard statements, signal words and symbols will appear on the label according to the classification of that chemical or mixture.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) - The GHS SDS has 16 sections in a set order, and minimum information is prescribed

KMK will send out comprehensive summaries to educate and assist companies’ transition to GHS (WHMIS 2015). For more information contact us by completing the information form or by phone at 1-888-GHS-7769

Or ask us for a free GHS Webinars.