Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) WorkplaceNL is responsible for the communication, education and awareness requirements of WHMIS. The Prevention Services Department is available to assist employers and workers in understanding their roles and responsibilities for WHMIS and to assist in the development of WHMIS programs.

Service NL, OHS Division is the provincial government department responsible for enforcing the provincial WHMIS Regulations along with the OHS Act and Regulations. The WHMIS Regulations outline the legislative requirements for proper labeling, SDS (formerly MSDSs) and education and training. They also outline employer responsibilities.

The current regulations have been in force since 1996. Provincial OHS inspectors also support the enforcement of federal WHMIS requirements from the Hazardous Product Act and Hazardous Product Regulations.

WHMIS Status

Current WHMIS Requirements

Occupational Health and Safety Act

WHMIS Regulations

Status of the new WHMIS Requirements

Service NL, OHS Division will be responsible for legislative changes to the WHMIS Regulations. As of February 2016, a draft document is being prepared.


As part of the Prevention Workshop series, WorkplaceNL will offer a free webinar on WHMIS/GHS on February 24, 2016.

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Complete your on-line registration for an up-coming workshop/webinar here.


Newfoundland and Labrador

Education and Awareness – WorkplaceNL

WorkplaceNL – Prevention Services Department
Telephone: 709-778-1552 / Toll-Free: 1-800-563-9000

Enforcement and Legislation – Service NL

Occupational Health & Safety Division (Head Office)
Telephone: 709-729-2706 / Toll-Free: 1-800-563-5471