GHS set to replace WHMIS – sort of – in 2015

Global standard for handling hazardous materials has new classification rules, requirements – but WHMIS name will remain in Canada
By Jessie Callaghan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides information on the safe use of hazardous materials in Canadian workplaces. Information is provided by means of product labels, material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and worker education programs.

Currently, the WHMIS classification rules and label and MSDS requirements are unique to Canada. Other countries have their own requirements for hazard communication. But with many products moving among countries, these differences in requirements led to inconsistencies and confusion in the way product hazards were communicated, sometimes adversely impacting health and safety.