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Understanding Canada’s Materials Labeling System
By Louisa Mayers, Director of Regulatory Services for SDSpro, LLC on 9/29/2016 — In collaboration with CoatingsProMag.com SDSpro’s very own Louisa Mayers wrote this informative piece on the basic understanding of Canada’s latest changes to the GHS labeling system. It follows as such:
“On February 11, 2015, Canada aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This alignment, known as WHMIS 2015, replaced Canada’s Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) with the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). The intent of Canada’s GHS implementation is to help strengthen worker health and safety, facilitate trade with the United States, and enhance the competitiveness of Canadian suppliers of hazardous workplace chemicals.
Supplier Safety Data Sheets and labels for hazardous products shipped to Canada must conform to chemical regulations under WHMIS 2015 by June 1, 2017. Health Canada has issued guidance documents to inform manufacturers and distributors of the new WHMIS 2015 regulations, mandatory language requirements, and deadlines for compliance.
Understanding the Basics
In 2003, the United Nations adopted the GHS. The classification of health and physical hazards and the general guidelines for preparing labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for hazardous chemicals were outlined in the UN GHS.
Canada WHMIS first became law in 1988 through a series of complementary federal, provincial, and territorial legislation and regulations. This original system was identified as WHMIS 1988. Canada WHMIS 2015 differs from Canada WHMIS 1998 in the manner by which workplace hazardous chemicals are classified, in the actual classification of health and physical hazards themselves, and in the use of standardized language obtained from the UN GHS.
The underlying principle of GHS is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards and the same general format and content for SDSs and labels are adopted and used around the world. The required SDS format specifies a 16-section heading, the order of information, and the information provided under those headings. Safety Data Sheets issued by chemical manufacturers and importers must include the applicable GHS label elements:
• Signal Word: “Danger” or “Warning” indicates the severity of the hazard.
• GHS Pictograms: convey the health, physical, and environmental hazard information assigned to a specified GHS hazard class and category.
• Health and Physical Hazard Statements: describe the nature and degree of the stated hazard.
• Precautionary Statements: describe measures to minimize or prevent effects from exposure or improper storage of the hazardous chemical.”
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