Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the health and safety of Nova Scotians.

Many of the department's resources support inspections and monitoring activities. Our Occupational Health and Safety Officers/Hygienists enforce the WHMIS provincial requirements through workplace inspections within provincially regulated workplaces. We also have a selected number of inspectors that are designated to conduct Federal WHMIS inspection regulating manufacturers and distributors of hazardous products (formerly Controlled Products).

WHMIS Status

Current WHMIS Requirements

Health and Safety Act

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulations (WHMIS) (Consolidated Version)

Status of the new WHMIS Requirements

Nova Scotia is progressing regulatory updates in a number of areas to more closely align and harmonize OHS regulation with other jurisdictions. It plans on updating the WHMIS regulations in the near future. There will be a public consultation on proposed changes, which includes a consultation with stakeholders and posting of the proposed regulatory changes for public review.

Transition from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015



  • WHMIS 2015 FAQ