In Saskatchewan, the role of education and enforcement for WHMIS and GHS is shared by the partnership of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, a partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS).
The WCB provides education and information to workers and employers, while LRWS Occupational Health and Safety Division focuses primarily on the enforcement of WHMIS and will enforce GHS requirements.
In Saskatchewan – WHMIS regulations are found in The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, and The Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Regulations.
These pieces of legislation outline employer responsibilities for a WHMIS program including the requirement of labels and SDSs (formerly MSDSs), as well as education and training requirements. The current regulations have been in force since 1988. Provincial inspectors also support the enforcement of federal WHMIS requirements from the Hazardous Product Act and associated regulations.
Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Requirements
The Saskatchewan Employment Act (Part III Division 7, sections 3-47 to 3-51)
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996 (Part XXII, sections 315 to 329)
In Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan asked for your feedback on the proposed amendments to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations found in The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996. This public consultation was completed on April 15, 2015.
The regulatory amendments were then completed in two parts:
On January 1, 2016, housekeeping amendments were made to Part III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act to allow for the appropriate references to federal legislation and regulations.
On August 17, 2016, amendments to The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 and The Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Regulations take effect. These regulations contain requirements for employers and workers. They also include provisions for the transition to WHMIS 2015.
Employers will have to train employees on the implementation of new WHMIS requirements. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has been collaborating with WorkSafe to provide technical guidance on training materials for workers.
Online training is available at worksafesask.ca/prevention/whmis2015/. Saskatchewan-specific versions of this training material will be available on WorkSafe in the near future.