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WHMIS GHS Transition Period

Transition phase deadlines

 

Canada has amended the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), and the WHMIS requirements for hazard classification and communication set out in the Controlled Product Regulations (CPR) and Ingredient Disclosure List have been repealed and replaced with new regulations, the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). This modification is referred to as WHMIS 2015.

To give affected parties time to adjust to the new regulations, implementation of WHMIS 2015 will take place over a three-stage transition period that is synchronized nationally across, federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

The purpose for the transition period is to enable:

  • ·  Time for partners and stakeholders to make the necessary legislative, regulatory, and system adjustments;
  • ·  Old labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) to be moved out of the supply chain and workplaces in a predictable manner;
  • ·  Increased employer and worker awareness and understanding of changes to hazard classification and communication in WHMIS 2015; and,
  • ·  Consistency across Canada through coordination and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

 

 Phases Timing  Suppliers  Employers
 Manufacturers
and Importers
Distributors
 Phase 1  From coming- into-force to
May 31, 2017
Comply with CPR or HPR requirements   Comply with CPR or HPR requirements 
 Consult FPT OSH regulator
 Phase 2  From June 1, 2017 to
May 31, 2018
 Comply with HPR
requirements
 Comply with CPR or HPR requirements   Comply with CPR or HPR requirements
 Phase 3  From June 1, 2018 to
November 30, 2018
 Comply with HPR
requirements
 Comply with HPR
requirements
 Comply with CPR or HPR
requirements
 Completion  December 1, 2018  Comply with HPR
requirements
 Comply with HPR
requirements
 Comply with HPR
requirements

 

 


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