As December approaches it is time for Santa Claus to start filling up the Christmas tree with gifts. For many families, kids’ gifts will usually come first. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a smile and excitement on the face of a little one that is receiving a new toy or a game as a gift. They make the children happy but they also need to keep them safe.
As discussed in Hazox’s previous article series, A Focus on WHMIS 2015, Canada recently adopted the Globalized Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) to create the
new Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) legislation, known as WHMIS 2015. However, even with the adoption of GHS, WHMIS 2015 still features many Canada-specific regulations. This can become confusing when shipping hazardous chemical into Canada, as their label requirements have some unique specifications.
As announced last month by Health Canada, some WHMIS 2015 compliance deadlines have been delayed. In the same publication, Canadian Gazette Part II, the government declared its intention to continue to require an application for the trade secret protection of chemical ingredients of products being shipped into Canada.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it has issued Significant New Use Rules (Snurs) for 37 chemicals, a move that has been largely uncommon from the EPA in recent years.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Canada has announced delays in WHMIS 2015 compliance deadlines.
In this installment of our WHMIS 2015 info series, we will continue our introduction to new hazard classifications. In part one of this article, we discussed biohazardous infectious materials and combustible dust. In part two, we will introduce you to asphyxiants and pyrophoric gases.
WHMIS 2015 legislation has brought some changes to the requirements for SDSs and labels in Canada. New WHMIS 2015 legislation combines six additional hazards, adopted from GHS – the system used in the United States and many countries around the world for the standardised classification of chemicals– into WHMIS 1988.
In this article:
- An in-depth look at 'hazards not otherwise classified.'
With the incorporation of GHS into WHMIS, and the subsequent creation of the new WHMIS 2015 legislation, many new hazard categories – both physical and health – have been introduced. At the same time, several hazard categories defined under WHMIS 1988 remain the same.
In today’s installment of our WHMIS series, we will focus on the new chemical classifications mandated by WHMIS 2015 – specifically focusing on biohazardous infectious materials and combustible dust.