Québec

Québec

Mission and areas of activity

On January 1st 2016, the Commission de l'équité salariale (CÉS), the Commission des normes du travail (CNT) and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) were merged into a new agency: the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). Going forward, the CNESST provides a single point of contact for workplace-related services in Quebec. The CNESST is the body to which the Government of Quebec has entrusted the administration of the Act respecting occupational health and safety (AROH), and whose purpose is to eliminate hazards to worker health and safety at the source.

Furthermore, the Government of Quebec has an agreement with Health Canada to enforce the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and related regulations. In Quebec, the CNESST oversees the implementation and enforcement of this legislation.

WHMIS Status

Current WHMIS Requirements

WHMIS 2015 Requirements

An Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety (AROHS) (R.S.Q., c. S-2.1)

Hazardous Products Information Regulation (S-2.1, r.8.1)

WHMIS 1988 Requirements

An Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety

Regulation Respecting Information on Controlled Products

The full federal and Quebec legislation on WHMIS 2015 is now in effect. Between now and the end of the transitional period (December 1, 2018), the two systems, namely WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 will co-exist for Quebec workplaces.

Communications

The full federal and Quebec legislation on WHMIS 2015 is now in effect. On June 3, 2015, the government announced Royal Assent of Bill 43, the Quebec Act to enhance the communication of hazard-related information concerning products present in the workplace and to amend the Act respecting occupational health and safety (2015, c. 13). As soon as this Bill received Royal Assent, the following came into force:

  • Amendments to the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Regulation Respecting Information on Hazardous Products;
  • transitional provisions.

The Act mainly replaces the notion of "controlled product" with "hazardous product" and sets out the terms and conditions for identifying such products, as well as the requirements on training and information received by workers about such products.

The Act also sets out consequential and transitional provisions, by allowing employers, until December 1, 2018 when the transition period ends, to have in their possession, in the workplace, products whose labelling complies with the former regulatory framework.

Between now and the end of the transitional period, the two systems, namely WHMIS 1988 (WHMIS before GHS) and WHMIS 2015 (WHMIS aligned with GHS) will co-exist.

To view the Act, see: http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=5&file=2015C13A.PDF.

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