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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
July 2017 | Fran├žais

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Streamline your SDS authoring. Updated to meet the latest Canadian and US requirements.

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WHMIS 2015 and Your Safety Data Sheets

Health Canada has recently announced that they are delaying the WHMIS 2015 transition timelines for suppliers. The deadline for employers has not been changed.

This extension gives suppliers who are manufacturers and importers time to author their (material) safety data sheets and labels in accordance with the new WHMIS 2015 requirements. By September 1, 2018, all supplier labels and safety data sheets must comply with WHMIS 2015. Most employers across Canada will have to transition to WHMIS 2015 completely by December 1, 2018.

During transition, workplaces may receive hazardous products that comply with either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements.

To assist with this transition, CCOHS has introduced the Last Date Checked field to its (M)SDS Management Service. Users can now see the date when the data sheet was confirmed as being the most current one available on the summary page of each product in their collection. From the summary page, users can also see if CCOHS has identified a product as being discontinued and if a manufacturer or supplier confirms that a data sheet is the most current.

Learn more about the (M)SDS Management Service

More WHMIS 2015 resources

Free White Paper: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

It has many names and raises just as many issues when it comes to impairment in the workplace. The use of cannabis can affect concentration, thinking, decision-making, and in some cases cause paranoia and hallucinations.

Download our free Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis white paper, which discusses the workplace implications associated with the use of cannabis for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. It includes information for employers, workers, and others interested in workplace health and safety, and offers guidance on how to address the potential for impairment, establish a policy and program, implement accommodation practices where necessary, and create a supportive, health and safe workplace.

Learn more and download the white paper

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Featured e-Course: Orientation on Health and Safety for New Workers

New employees need to know about their health and safety responsibilities, legislation, job related hazards, emergency preparedness, and how to work safety. This 1.5 hour online course provides a general introduction to workplace health and safety for all new workers in organizations of all sizes, and in all industries and occupations. A health and safety orientation should also be supplemented by onsite, workplace-specific training on the policies and procedures specific to the workplace.

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Podcast: Brain Injury Awareness

In our latest podcast, Angela Colantonio, Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, discusses brain injuries common in the workplace, how they affect men and women differently, workplace accommodation, and factors to consider for people returning to work after suffering a brain injury.

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