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WHMIS Labels

As of February 11th 2015, Canada joined the international program that aligns systems for classifying and labelling chemical substances. The requirements for Canada’s updated Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are based on federal legislations that have been modified to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labelling (GHS); the amended Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the newly introduced Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). WHMIS 2015 is currently in-force and as such suppliers, distributors, and eventually employers, must work towards ensuring hazardous products in the workplace are using updated WHMIS labels and (M)SDSs. Labels serve as the first form of hazard communication, alerting user’s to significant hazards associated with the product along with basic precautionary and safety information. Fortunately, 1988WHMIS labels are simply improved and altered such that they align with GHS labelling requirements, thus transitioning to 2015 WHMIS labels should be straight-forward. As previously seen, 2 different types of WHMIS labels exist-- supplier labels and workplace labels. Supplier labels are affixed by the supplier or importer prior to any hazardous products being received in the workplace, whereas workplace labels are used in instances where hazardous products are; manufactured in the workplace, decanted from the original container into another for workplace use, no longer usable due to damaged, illegible labels. Supplier labels contain more information than workplace labels and require these informational elements; product identifier, initial supplier identifier, pictograms, signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and optional supplementary information. The regulations for workplace WHMIS labels are still being established under WHMIS 2015 as federal labour legislations are also subject to provincial/territorial judiciaries; as of now some requirements include the product name, safe handling precautions, and a reference to the SDS. The 3-phase implementation of WHMIS 2015 culminates on December of 2018, allocating enough time for workers, employers and suppliers to gradually transition into meeting the new labelling and SDS requirements. It is recommended that suppliers, employers, and workers prepare for-- and learn about the new WHMIS system prior to deadline dates. Nexreg has an extensive list of related glossary terms and several blog posts and news articles that expand upon labour legislations world-wide including WHMIS, to find out more information, take a look today! 


 

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Faced with a tight customer deadline for one of our key growth products, DSC turned to Nexreg for converting our MSDS to an EU French language SDS. Within a very short time frame, Nexreg staff provided a competitive quote and turnaround time. With the technical support of highly professional and responsive Nexreg consultants we were able to provide our customer with a compliant SDS that supported their downstream manufacturing needs. Thank you Nexreg!
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