Canada Delays GHS Implementation Deadline

Canada has delayed its upcoming deadline requiring chemical manufacturers and importers to comply with the updated WHMIS 2015 legislation. The original June 2017 cut-off point has been pushed back by one year. This updated deadline – which came by a recent Order in Council – is expected to be published in the Canada Gazette Part II shortly. In February 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette Part II. These regulations, combined with amendments made to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), modified the existing Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada. This modified version of the WHMIS legislation is Canada’s workplace adoption of GHS and is known as WHMIS 2015. The implementation of WHMIS 2015 included a three-stage transitional period, synchronised nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. However, Orders in Council have recently been approved to defer two of the three transition dates. Suppliers should be aware of these new implementation deadlines, which are as follows: Manufacturers and importers now have until 1st June 2018 to comply with WHMIS 2015, delaying the original deadline of 1st June 2017 by a year. Canadian distributors now have until 1st September 2018 to comply with WHMIS 2015, delaying the original deadline of 1st June 2018 by three months. The target deadline set for employers by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agencies responsible for occupational safety and health (OSH) in the workplace remains unchanged at 1st December 2018. Prior to these deadlines, suppliers can comply with either the Controlled Products Regulations (i.e. WHMIS 1988) or WHMIS 2015. If you are a manufacturer or importer of chemical substances into the Canadian market, it is important that you are aware of these changes. Further information is available at: Registration SOR/2017-92 (plus the RIAS) Registration SOR/2017-93

Safeware Quasar, 26 May 2017 ; ;