CPR - WHMIS Manner of Disclosing Information

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WHMIS - Controlled Products Regulations: Manner of Disclosing Information (Sections 24 and 25)

The legal text of the regulations in sections 24 and 25 follows below:


CPR: Section 24, Subsection 1: Manner of Disclosing Information

The information required to be disclosed on a material safety data sheet of a controlled product shall be disclosed at the time of the sale of the controlled product in English and in French on a single material safety data sheet or on two material safety data sheets.


CPR: Section 24, Subsection 2: Manner of Disclosing Information

Where a supplier transmits a material safety data sheet in respect of a controlled product, the information shall be disclosed on the material safety data sheet in English or in French, or both, in accordance with the request of the person to whom the controlled product is sold or, where the person does not specify the language in which the information shall be transmitted, the information shall be transmitted in English or in French, whichever is used in the course of the sale between the supplier and the person.


CPR: Section 24, Subsection 3: Manner of Disclosing Information

The information required to be disclosed on the label of a controlled product or the container in which a controlled product is packaged shall be disclosed in English and in French.


CPR: Section 25, Subsection 1: Manner of Disclosing Information

The information required to be disclosed on a material safety data sheet, on a label of a controlled product or on a container in which a controlled product is packaged shall not be disclaimed or contradicted by information in respect of the controlled product that is


  • (a) not required under the Act; and


  • (b) disclosed on the material safety data sheet, the label, the controlled product or the container.

SOR/97-543, s. 17.


WHMIS MSDS Reference Manual - Sections 24 and 25

Health Canada's WHMIS MSDS reference manual for sections 24 and 25 is available at: WHMIS Requirements of the HPA and CPR, CPR Sections 24 and 25. One of the important points they note is as follows:


"The supplier must provide a MSDS in the official language or languages requested by the purchaser or, when no preference is stated, in the language used in the course of the business transaction. Suppliers must have prepared MSDSs in both English and French by the time they begin selling the product. This is to ensure that there are no delays in transmitting information in one language where it has been requested in that language. A request for an MSDS in both languages can be met by having information in both languages on a single MSDS or two MSDSs, one in English and one in French."


"Note: The HPA does not place any obligations on exporters of controlled products to Canada. Section 14 of the HPA places a legal requirement on the Canadian importer of a controlled product to obtain or prepare a MSDS as a condition of importation. If the importer imports a controlled product solely for use in his or her workplace, it is only necessary to obtain or prepare the MSDS in the official language(s) used in the importer's workplace. If, however, the Canadian importer sells the product for use in a workplace in Canada, as required by subsection 24(1), the importer, (who would now be a supplier subject to section 13 of the HPA), must have the MSDS available in both English and French at the time of sale although, as provided for by subsection 24(2), it may be necessary to transmit the MSDS to the purchaser in only one of the official languages."


Nexreg Compliance WHMIS Canadian MSDS Authoring Services

Nexreg Compliance can author a WHMIS compliant Canadian MSDS for your product. For more information on Nexreg's WHMIS MSDS authoring services, please contact Nexreg Compliance or visit the following links:


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