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The Canada GHS transition period.
Health Canada announced that the Government of Canada finalized new regulations Feb. 11 to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals, and it posted a document explaining the transition period that applies to chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers. As of Dec. 1, 2018, all of them must comply with the new Hazardous Products Regulations, which modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 1988) and is now referred to as WHMIS 2015.
“The GHS strengthens the level of protection already in place for workers in Canada, facilitates trade with the United States (U.S.) and other international partners, and enhances the competitiveness of Canadian suppliers of workplace chemicals,” Health Canada’s announcement states. “The implementation of the GHS delivers on a key initiative announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama as part of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council’s Joint Action Plan. In Canada, occupational health and safety is a shared responsibility between the federal government, the provinces and territories. Following the changes finalized by the Government of Canada today, a transition period has been established to allow the provinces and territories to adapt their own regulations and to allow for industry to make necessary system changes and train workers.”
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