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WHMIS Workplace Label

Workplace labels are one of 2 distinct label types described in Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) that are used to relay significant information regarding hazardous products. The content requirements and contextual use of WHMIS workplace labels only minimally varies in WHMIS 2015 compared to WHMIS 1988. The federally set requirements for WHMIS workplace labels are subject to provincial/territorial regulations and thus can vary from province to province (or territory). Canada’s repealed Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) dictated how workplace labels were to be used for any controlled products (products, mixtures, materials, and/or substances) produced in-house, transferred out of the original container provided by the supplier, or for controlled products for which labels were no longer legible. At minimum, the following information was to be provided:

  • Product identifier – product name identical to that listed on the (M)SDS
  • Safe Handling Procedures – information that guides workers on how to safely use, store, and dispose of controlled products
  • Reference to availability of the MSDS
  • WHMIS hazard symbols –  optional based on provincial/territorial regulations

Canada is still in the process of the WHMIS 2015 transition and thus far, the workplace label requirements have not changed from those mandated in WHMIS 1988. The criterion for WHMIS workplace labels are subject to further additions and modification by provincial or territorial judiciary regulations, yet to be finalized. The labelling regulations of WHMIS 2015 are constantly being updated, new information about these changes can be found on the  labelling requirements Q&A page at ccohs.ca - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

 

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