Canada GHS deadline for Distributors

Posted Date: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018

1 September 2018 marks the Canadian WHMIS 2015 deadline for distributors. This means that manufacturers, importers, and distributors of hazardous chemical products in Canada must now comply with the requirements of the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). During the transition phase, distributors were able to comply with the requirements of either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015. The final deadline for implementation of WHMIS 2015 is 1 December 2018, when employers must also comply with the HPR.

To implement WHMIS 2015, Safety Data Sheets and labelling for hazardous chemical products used in the workplace must be updated. The new system implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) which outlines specific hazard classification rules and requirements for label elements including signal words (“Danger” or “Warning”), pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.

If your products fall under the scope of WHMIS 2015 and you are not yet up to date, contact Nexreg for information about our SDS and label authoring services.


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!
Mike Horvath, Ph.D., Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd