Compliance Dates are Right Around the Corner
Are you truly ready? There is only a month left until the WHMIS 2015 deadline for Manufacturer’s and Importers to comply with the new requirements. Distributors have just a bit longer with a compliance date of August 31, 2018.
|Manufacturers and Importers||Distributors|
|Phase 1||From February 11, 2015 to May 31, 2018||WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015||Consult F/P/T regulator|
|Phase 2||From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018||WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015|
|Phase 3||From September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018||WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015|
|Completion||December 1, 2018||WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 2015||WHMIS 2015|
|* Consult appropriate FPT OHS regulator to confirm requirements and transition timing.|
The Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) were published in the Canada Gazette on February 11, 2015. This amendment aligned the HPR with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS system, which is being implemented around the world effects the classification, labeling, safety data sheets and worker education and training.
The HPR set out specific classification criteria. If a product meets the definition of a hazardous product, then the workplace is covered by the WHMIS regulations and a WHMIS program must be in place.
Hopefully by now, you are well under way to ensure compliance with the deadline. ICC Compliance Center’s checklist is a useful tool to make sure you have all of your “I”s dotted and “t”s crossed. You can download the checklist by clicking on the link and then completing the information requested.
If you are struggling with any part of the adoption of WHMIS 2015, give us a call. We would love to assist. We can evaluate your situation, and help you come up with a plan. Our solutions include consulting, training, labeling (for both supplier and workplace), and updating safety data sheets.
Read more about WHMIS 2015 here.