Canada has now joined many countries in adopting the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals. This means that the WHMIS that we know and love is changing, for the better! WHMIS 2015 is the term used to describe the incorporation of the GHS into the existing WHMIS regulations. The roles and responsibilities for users, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers will remain the same, but labels, pictograms and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will be synchronized with the international standards.
These new globally accepted regulations are intended to keep us safe by minimizing variations in the labelling of products from international sources. For more information, and to learn how WHMIS 2015 will affect you, visit our updated WHMIS/GHS page!