The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing amendments to safety
laws as part of a broader national and international initiative to
implement the "Globally Harmonized System of Classification
and Labeling of Chemicals", known as "GHS", which is
a worldwide system of classifying and providing information about
hazardous workplace chemicals.
The proposed amendments are to the Occupational Health and
Safety Act provisions that relate to the Workplace Hazardous
Materials Information System (WHMIS), and to certain provisions of
the WHMIS regulation.
The MOL notes that the United States, Australia, New Zealand,
the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea are already in the
process of implementing the GHS.
In Canada, the federal government has taken steps to implement
the GHS. The MOL says that, "All provinces and
territories must amend their WHMIS requirements to reflect the
changes to WHMIS legislation and regulations".
The MOL is proposing that new requirements would come into force
on June 1, 2015, but that there would be a lengthy transition
period until June 2017 for full implementation of the GHS.
The MOL's consultation period runs from November 3, 2014 to
December 19, 2014.
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