GHS Arrives in Canada…

Written on: April 1, 2015 by Mike Moffatt

At last, Canada has implemented the Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). On Feb. 11 of this year, the Government of Canada officially announced that the current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations have been updated to incorporate GHS. The new and improved regulation has been named WHMIS 2015.
The WHMIS 2015 regulations are in force as of Feb. 11 and will be introduced using a three-phase transition period with completion set for Dec. 1, 2018. During this transition period, both old and new WHMIS will be present in the workplace. However, the phases dictate when manufacturers and importers must comply with WHMIS 2015 as compared to distributors and employers.
Visit for the publication of the new WHMIS 2015 regulations. To learn more about Canada-GHS, visit For any questions relating to Canada-GHS or if readers are unsure what phase specifically applies, contact Nexreg at