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Get a Clearer Picture of GHS

Prepare for the expected changes with CCOHS tools

Go to GHS Pictograms and Hazards poster webpage.

The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has recently implemented the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). For the first time ever, OSHA labels will be required to show a pictogram to help convey hazard information.

In Canada, we are starting to see the GHS pictograms on (Material) Safety Data Sheets and product labels. Within the next few years, WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) will also implement the GHS.

To help workers understand the new GHS information they will be seeing, CCOHS has developed a new poster and e-course.

The GHS Pictograms and Hazards poster illustrates the pictograms and the hazards they identify. Download a free PDF or purchase double-sided - English on one side, French on the other - full-color 16" x 25" copies for only $5 each.

The online Global GHS for Workers course familiarizes workers with the GHS system and how it will be used in workplaces. It includes valuable practical advice, basic health and safety measures, and outlines some of the general duties of employers and suppliers.

The information in the e-course is based on the publication "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), 3rd revised edition". It provides a general overview of GHS, from a worker's perspective, but does not reflect how GHS may be implemented in any specific jurisdiction or country.

More GHS Resources from CCOHS:

Reflect and Renew on April 28

Show your support on the National Day of Mourning

Go to National Day of Mourning Ś   April 28 webpage

April 28th is the National Day of Mourning in Canada. The flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half mast, we will pause, remember those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace, and reflect on how to prevent future tragedies.

Organizations can demonstrate their support with awareness items from CCOHS. Wear a Day of Mourning commemorative pin. Download and display Day of Mourning posters throughout in your workplace. Hand out Day of Mourning stickers to reinforce your commitment to workplace health and safety.

You can also show your support online. Add a Day of Mourning badge to your Facebook or Twitter profile photo, and swap in a Day of Mourning cover photo to your Facebook page.

To ensure that you receive your materials in time, we recommend placing your orders by March 31.

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Attn: Creative Students and Young Adults

It's Your Job Video Contest now accepting entries

Go to external HRSDC site for Video Contest information

Canada's ministers of labour have launched a national It's Your Job video contest as part of their commitment to engage youth and raise awareness about their workplace safety and rights. With cash prizes of up to $3,000, the contest gives high school students and young adults under 25 people a creative opportunity to highlight workplace safety, rights and responsibilities.

Simply develop a short, social-media friendly video that spells out to young workers why it's important to work safely on the job, or about their rights to being paid fairly for the work they do. You have until April 5 to submit your video. Winners will be chosen from every region of Canada. You could win cash prizes for you and your school, plus the winning Canadian entries will be entered in an international video contest.

A selection of top videos will also be posted on the YouTube video contest page from May 4-12 where they will be viewed and voted on by the public. The videos that receive the most votes in each category will each receive the "Fan Favourite" prize of $1000.

If you have a high school student or young adult in your life, be sure to tell them about this contest!

Learn more about the contest, rules, and prizes


Tips for Using Canadian enviroOSH Legislation

Search Acts, Regulations, Amendments and more

Go to Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards webpage

The Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service makes it easy to find the specific environmental and occupational health and safety-related acts and regulations you need. If you are a subscriber, here are some tips to help you get the most benefit:

What are Acts and Regulations?

Legislation from the various Canadian jurisdictions includes Acts and Regulations. Acts are bills which are passed by the various parliaments (i.e., receive "Royal Assent"). Acts can either be new (original) Acts or amendments of existing ones. Regulations are laws under Acts, but do not require parliamentary approval (they are executive instruments of the governments). Like Acts, Regulations can be new (original) documents or amendments of existing Regulations.

What do legislative citations mean?


Typically Canadian jurisdictions cite Acts in the same way, by assigning a year and chapter number. Chapter numbers are assigned in the order in which statutes receive Royal Assent in a given year. For example, "S.C. 2001, c. 34" stands for "Statutes of Canada 2001, chapter 34" and indicates that this statute was the 34th statute to be enacted in Canada in 2001.

Some jurisdictions still issue "revised statutes" which simply consolidate the changes made by any amendments since the last revision. Revised statutes are also assigned a year and chapter number, however, the chapter number will often take the form of a letter and number combination based on the Act title and where it falls in the revision. For example, the Canada Labour Code, last revised in 1985, would be cited as "R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2" or "Revised Statutes, 1985, chapter L-2".


Regulations follow a similar pattern to Acts. Annual regulations are assigned a Regulation number in the order in which they are filed that year. For example, "Alta. Reg. 28/2012" was the 28th regulation filed in Alberta in 2012.

Revised or Consolidated Regulations are typically cited in a manner similar to revised statutes, with the year or volume of the Revision and a Regulation Number reflecting where the document falls in the revision. Alternatively, some jurisdictions cite their regulations using the chapter number of the statute that they fall under, instead of a revision year. For example, "R.R.S. c. E-10.2, Reg. 9" stands for "Revised Regulations of Saskatchewan, chapter E-10.2, Regulation number 9".

In enviroOSH documents the original document citation appears directly under the name of the document.

Example (Statutes of Ontario):
S.O. 1993, c. 28 → original citation

Example (British Columbia Regulations):
Waste Discharge Regulation → Regulation title
B.C. Reg. 320/2004 → original citation

How do I search for documents in specific jurisdiction(s)?

When you search using the search window on the enviroOSH home page you are searching the entire legislation collection. To search for documents from a particular jurisdiction, click on the jurisdiction flag on the home page and it will take you to the page for that jurisdiction. Search using the search window on that page to narrow your results to documents only in that jurisdiction. Or, you can use the Advanced Search page. Just check off the specific jurisdiction(s) you want to search.

How do I find the latest amendments in an Act or Regulation?

When an act or regulation is amended, an amendment history is provided at the top of the document after the citation, for example "As amended by: S.C. 2012, c. 19". An amendment history to an individual section or schedule is also indicated immediately after the amended section or schedule.

The latest amendment to the document is highlighted in purple in the amendment history at the top of the document. As well, the amended text is highlighted in purple to indicate where amendments have been applied. To locate the amendments you can scroll down the document looking for purple text, however, for large documents it is easier to perform a "Find" on the document (Ctrl + F) for the amendment number. For example, if the latest amendment is "S.C. 2012, c. 19", click Ctrl + F to search "2012, c. 19" and it will take you to the end of each section or schedule where this amendment takes place. Scroll up to see the purple amended text. Note that amendments to tables are not highlighted in purple.

Not yet a subscriber? Learn more about the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service.

Save the Date for Steps for Life

Walk to support families of workplace tragedies

Go to Steps for Life external website

On May 5th, in more than 30 communities across Canada, the Steps for Life 5 KM Walk will help kick off NAOSH's Safety and Health Week 2013.

Steps for Life is the major fundraising initiative for Threads of Life, a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease. Consider registering a team to help raise funds and awareness about the importance of workplace safety, and to demonstrate your commitment to safe and healthy workplaces for everyone.

The CCOHS team will once again be walking in the Hamilton event. Find the walk closest to you and put your team together. It will be a Sunday to remember.

Learn more about how you can participate on the Steps for Life website.


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