Health Canada says there will some variances with US regulations The Canadian government issued final new regulations, this week, to implement the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals ( CW 18 February 2014) . The regulations will bring the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, the country's national hazard communication standard, in line with GHS. The “interlocking nature” of the federal, provincial and territorial WHMIS requirement calls for the coordination of implementation across the country, says Health Canada. Taking that into account, as well the need to give suppliers, employers and workers time to adjust, the transition to GHS will occur using a three-phase approach, which will end by 1 December 2018. The phased in approach is similar to that adopted by the US for GHS implementation (GBB February 2013 ). The 2015 update includes new harmonised criteria for hazard classification, and requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDS), but the roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers remain unchanged. By adopting the GHS within the WHMIS, it is now possible to meet Canadian and US requirements, using a single label and SDS for most hazardous products. And though the two countries are working to keep “variances to a minimum”, there will be some regulatory differences, such a bilingual labels in Canada ( CW 28 October 2014 ), says Health Canada. “Variances will be retained only in order to maintain the current level of protection for workers, or due to the requirements of the respective legislative frameworks.”
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