CANADA - Updated WHMIS Guidance

Health Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau has recently released comprehensive and updated guidelines pertaining to the supplier requirements within the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

This regulatory framework plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals in workplace environments where hazardous materials are present.

The newly published guidance encompasses a range of essential information, providing suppliers with clear and concise directives on meeting WHMIS requirements. These guidelines are designed to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of communication regarding hazardous materials in the workplace. By adhering to these updated standards, suppliers contribute to creating a safer working environment for employees and other stakeholders.

Notably, advancements in SDS authoring software, such as CHEMETER, have further streamlined the compliance process. CHEMETER, a leading solution in SDS authoring, includes an innovative WHMIS automatic calculation feature. This functionality ensures that suppliers can accurately and efficiently generate WHMIS-compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDS), simplifying the complexities associated with hazardous material classification and communication.

This initiative by Health Canada, coupled with the capabilities of cutting-edge software like CHEMETER, underscores the commitment to staying abreast of evolving safety standards and industry best practices. It reflects the ongoing effort to address emerging challenges and innovations in the handling and communication of hazardous materials. Employers, employees, and suppliers alike are encouraged to leverage such technologies and familiarize themselves with the updated guidelines to ensure seamless compliance with WHMIS, promoting a culture of safety and responsibility in workplaces across the country.

More information:

Guidance on the WHMIS supplier requirements: Executive summary.

Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) - WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements.