What you need to know about WHMIS 2015

WHMIS Update – New Rules for Section 3

Canada continues to hammer out the details of its GHS regulation. As part of this process, Canada has released a new WHMIS update.Under the previous revision, manufacturers were required to display the exact percent concentration of each hazardous chemical on their SDS. This requirement could only be circumvented by paying a hefty fee to register [...]

Choosing an SDS Management Solution

To meet requirements set by industry best practices (and by government regulations), all companies need an SDS management system. This system must be able to provide up-to-date SDS to all their employees at every facility. For many companies, this means having to manage hundreds or thousands of paper documents spread across dozens of work sites. [...]

WHMIS 2015 Enforcement Deadlines Delayed

On May 19th, Health Canada announced that they would be extending Phase 1 of the WHMIS 2015 transition. Under the new transition timetable, manufacturers and importers (including many US firms) will have until June 1st, 2018 to adopt WHMIS 2015 SDS formatting. The government will be giving distributors until September 1st, 2018 to adopt the [...]

Options Narrow as Canada GHS Deadline Looms

If you’re not yet in compliance with WHMIS 2015, you may want to hurry. Chemical suppliers have less than 100 days left to comply with the Canadian GHS standard, and only a few options for compliance remain. What is WHMIS 2015? WHMIS 2015 is Canada’s current regulation governing Safety Data Sheets. Similar to the United [...]

GHS in the US and Canada: What are the Differences?

Canada and the US share the world’s longest border, and are each others largest trading partners. The countries share a language and a common law. In recent years, both countries have implemented GHS standards. Despite all of these similarities; there continue to be several differences between hazard communication in the US and Canada. These discrepancies [...]

Canada and U.S. Standardizing SDSs

In order to further the ideals of the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Canada and the United States will now be moving forward with a coordination plan to create safety data sheets that work in both countries. The United States’ Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada are [...]

Canada and US Seek Input on 2016-2017 Work Plan

On March 3, 2016, the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) will host a consumer and stakeholder input webinar in search of commentary on their 2016-2017 draft work plan for international chemical safety cooperation. This work plan addresses the GHS Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA has issued the following questions for guided commentary and asks that [...]

Michigan-Based EH&S Software Company, to Target Canada’s GHS/WHMIS Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 1, 2016 - ANN ARBOR, MI - Quantum Compliance is pleased to announce that they have helped over 200 US chemical companies exceed GHS/HazCom compliance standards. By exceeding regulatory standards, Quantum helped their clients avoid violations and costly fines. Most importantly, Quantum set their clients on a path towards workplace [...]

Will You Be Impacted by WHMIS 2015?

The legislation instituted by Health Canada has a wide range of implications for many suppliers, employers, and employees. In order to ensure compliance, it’s imperative to understand how the regulations impact you and your business procedures. Fortunately, the WHIS 2015 doctrine is relatively simple – and it aligns almost seamlessly with OSHA’s conversion standards. The [...]

FACTS: Canada’s WHMIS vs. OSHA’s HazCom

Many of our clients export products globally, which is why the WHMIS 2015 announcement is so relevant. Both Health Canada and OSHA share a commitment to protecting workplace health and safety. However, there are some variations in their interpretation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and how it should be applied to SDS's and labels. [...]

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