The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS, has undergone big changes since it was first introduced. In 2015, it was aligned with the Global Harmonized System (GHS) in an effort to reduce the burden and cost to producers and suppliers who export chemicals across the world. The original WHMIS program is now referred to as WHMIS 1988 and the new program is called WHMIS 2015.
Health Canada set out a 3-year implementation schedule for Canadian suppliers and employers in Canada. However, it is likely that workplace responsibilities for training and SDSs availability will have to be implemented ahead of the final transition date if hazardous product SDSs or labels are provided early in the transition periods.
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