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.
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