Under WHMIS 2015, employers will continue to:
Employers should be aware that there are:
These changes mean that the hazards of products may be described differently, and some products that were not previously classified may now be classified as hazardous.
New requirements for supplier labels include standardized pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, and precautionary statements. Most hazard classes and categories have a prescribed pictogram, signal word, hazard statement and precautionary statements. Supplier labels are required in both English and French.
Workplace labels must have the Product name (matching the SDS product name), safe handling precautions (may include pictograms or other supplier label information) and a reference to the SDS (if available).
Worker access to labels is a continuing requirement. Employers must provide labels for all hazardous products used in the workplace.
There is an exemption period for updating labels (and SDSs) when significant new data becomes available. The significant new data must be provided separately until the update is complete.
SDSs follow a standard 16-section format. There are some new information requirements, for example, inclusion of the WHMIS 2015 classification, hazard statements and other label elements in Section 2. The SDS must provided in both English and French.
Worker access to SDSs is a continuing requirement. Employers must provide SDSs for all hazardous products used in the workplace.
There is an exemption period for updating SDSs (and labels) when significant new data becomes available. The significant new data must be provided separately until the update is complete.
Employers are required to educate and train workers about WHMIS 2015. Revised training programs, developed in consultation with the health and safety committee, are to include:
WHMIS 2015 SDSs and labels for products originating within and outside of Canada will share common elements. This change will simplify education and training.