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2017-31 July 10, 2017 Health Canada Delays GHS/WHMIS 2015 Implementation

By JHMT StaffJuly 10, 2017

On May 19, 2017, Health Canada granted extensions to WHMIS 2015 transition timelines for compliance.

According to Health Canada's press release, the purpose of the transition period is to enable:

  • time for partners and stakeholders to make the necessary legislative, regulatory and system adjustments;
  • old labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) to be moved out of the supply chain and workplaces in a predictable manner;
  • increased employer and worker awareness and understanding of changes to hazard classification and communication in WHMIS 2015; and,
  • consistency across Canada through coordination and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

Manufacturers and importers have to comply with the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) by June 1, 2018, from the original date of June 1, 2017. The June 1, 2018 deadline for distributors has been delayed to September 1, 2018. The December 1, 2018 deadline for employers remains.

During the initial phase, suppliers must comply with the requirements of either WHMIS 1988 (repealed CPR/old HPA) or WHMIS 2015 (HPR/new HPA). The classification, label and (M)SDS must comply fully with the specific law and regulation chosen, and not a combination of the two WHMIS systems.

View the full press release for more information. For background information on Canada's GHS implementation, we suggest reading Dr. Michele Sullivan's report from the March/April 2017 issue, Canada Implements the GHS: Are You Ready for WHMIS 2015? Subscriber login is required.


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