WHMIS 2015 is here – Canada’s requirements for workplace chemicals will be updated as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is incorporated into WHMIS. GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world. An international team of hazard communication experts developed GHS.
Countries around the world have either already adopted GHS or are in the process of adopting it into their hazard classification and communication requirements for workplace and other products.
GHS style labels and safety data sheets (SDS) are already being seen in Saskatchewan workplaces because the United States and other countries have already adopted GHS into their hazard classification and communication laws for workplaces.
Housekeeping amendments were made to Part III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act to allow for the appropriate references to federal legislation and regulations. These amendments were given Royal Assent on November 19, 2015 and came into force on January 1, 2016. Full compliance with WHMIS 2015 at the workplace level is required on December 1, 2018.
The Saskatchewan Government has mandated that WHIMIS training is mandatory. Follow this link for more detailed information on: Workplace Hazards.
Want to know more about Work Safe Saskatchewan? Follow this link: Worksafe Saskatchewan
Information regarding online WHMIS training: WHMIS Training - Worksafe Saskatchewan
Online course available through the Saskatchewan government website; $10.00 charge per student: Registration NOTE: Once you pay online for this course, you must complete it within 90 days.
Training is also available in French or English through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Link to CCOHS