En Français

Wellnet Solutions - empowering you to work safer and smarter
Hot Topics

 

WHMIS 2015 Q&A

 

What is WHMIS 2015?

The Government of Canada has amended the Hazardous Products Act to modify WHMIS 1988 in order to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), for workplace chemicals.

 

The modified WHMIS is now known as WHMIS 2015 and the previous requirements are known as WHMIS 1988.

 

The Government of Canada also replaced the Controlled Products Regulation with the Hazardous Products Regulation in February 2015.

 

Why incorporate the GHS?

According to Health Canada, the key objectives of the GHS are to:

 

  • Increase worker protection
  • Facilitate trade
  • Lower business costs

 

These objectives are realized through the use of an internationally consistent approach to the classification of hazardous products and the communication of hazard information.

 

What are the WHMIS modifications?

WHMIS 1988 has been modified to WHMIS 2015 with updates to the following

 

  • Hazard classification using the harmonized criteria
  • Hazard communication requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and Labels

 

The Roles and Responsibilities of Suppliers, Employers and Workers will remain the same.

 

What are the employer responsibilities?

Employers are still required to:

 

  • Educate and train workers
  • Ensure proper labeling
  • Prepare workplace labels and SDSs as necessary
  • Utilize hazard control measures within the workplace

 

How is WHMIS regulated in Canada?

The Hazardous Products Act and the Hazardous Products Regulations are in place to regulate suppliers.

 

Provincial and territorial Occupational Health and Safety Acts regulate the requirements of employers for WHMIS in the workplace.

 

The provincial OHS acts and regulations will be amended to mirror the HPA and HPR, with minor to no significant deviations. These amendments are expected to rollout in 2015, with a similar timeline to the Federal transition.

 

What is the timeline for the implementation of WHMIS 2015?

There will be a three-stage implementation of WHMIS 2015 in Canada.

 

This adjustment period will allow:

 

  • Provinces to amend their legislation/regulations
  • Consistency across all Canadian jurisdictions
  • The movement of MSDSs out of supply chain
  • Increased communication and awareness

 

Transition Phases
Phases
Timing
Suppliers
Employers 1
Manufacturers and Importers
Distributors

1 Consult appropriate FPT OHS regulator to confirm requirements and transition timing.

Phase 1 From coming-into-force to May 31, 2017 Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Consult FPT OSH regulator
Phase 2 From June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements
Phase 3 From June 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements
Completion December 1, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements

 

 

Canada is one step closer to GHS implementation as Bill C-31 receives Royal Assent!

 

The proposed changes to the federal Hazardous Products Act that would continue to pave the way for implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) will likely be published in the Canada Gazette as a result of receiving final passage and Royal Assent on June 19, 2014. If/when officiallly integrated into the WHMIS (Workplace Hazardours Materials Information System) communication regulations the implications would include changes to definitions in terminology as well as the introduction of new hazard classes, new label requirements and new formats for MSDSs (which will then be referred to as simply Safety Data Sheets or SDSs).

 

You can read the entire bill here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISINFO/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6483626

 

NEW ONTARIO CERTIFICATION STANDARD FOR JOINT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEES (JHSC)

 

The Ontario Ministry of Labour 2014 JHSC Certification Training Standard is now posted and incorporates both the JHSC Certification Training Program Standard and the JHSC Certification Training Provider Standard. The Ministry is proposing an implementation date of early 2015. It is expected there will be focus groups for implementation beginning this spring. The Ministry will seek input and comments in areas such as sector hazard lists for Part Two training, and implementation frameworks such as the process to obtain an exemption from refresher training. In the meantime, the current 1996 standard remains in effect.

 

Key highlights of the new standard:

 

  • Part One training duration is now three (3) days.

  • Part Two training duration is now two (2) days and must be taken within six (6) months of Part One.

  • Refresher training is now required which is one day in duration and must be taken every three (3) years in order for participants to maintain their status.

  • Each training provider we will be responsible for all aspects of the participant testing.

 

 

 

Important Update on Ontario's Mandatory Health & Safety Training

 

Ontario's Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced that all Ontario employers will have to ensure that basic occupational health and safety training has been completed by their workers and supervisors effective July 1, 2014.

 

As the MOL recognizes equivalency training, Wellnet Solutions is poised to release two separate courses - addressing each of the worker and supervisor health and safety training requirements - on our proprietary Link2eLearning platform.

 

We will be introducing both of the following courses over the next two months:

  

Health and Safety Awareness for Supervisors

This online course is designed to provide Supervisors with a general awareness of their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Upon completion of this course, Supervisors will:

  • Be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Know the rights and responsibilities of Employers, Supervisors and workers
  • Understand the role of the Supervisor within the Internal Responsibility System
  • Be aware of the Supervisor's role in hazard recognition and assessment, risk evaluation and control implementation
  • Understand the value of workplace policies and procedures, training, posters and other preventative measures 
  • Be familiar with the various sources of health and safety information.

Additionally, this training will focus on the position of Supervisor as a role model for healthy ands safe work habits.

Health and Safety Awareness for Workers 

This online course is designed to provide workers with a general awareness of their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Know the rights and responsibilities of Employers, Supervisors and workers
  • Understand the role of the worker within the Internal Responsibility System
  • Be informed regarding the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse - and how those rights are implemented
  • Be aware of health and safety measures within the workplace, including workplace violence policies, hazard reporting, Joint Health and Safety Committees, WHMIS, personal protective equipment training and use
  • Be familiar with the various internal and external sources of health and safety information.

This course is intended to be the start of injury and illness prevention within the workplace and is a starting point for training all workers

 

Both of these Ontario mandated health and safety courses will feature elements of our standard Link2eLearning Learning Management System deliverables:

  • Start, pause, stop and resume functionality
  • Stored printable certificates and completion reports
  • Customizable content and resource files. 

 

BULLYING PREVENTION course just released!

 

Wellnet is invested in making the health and safety of all school board staff a top priority - and our commitment is to provide timely, accurate, innovative and interactive e-learning courses that satisfy the training needs of Ontario school boards.

 

Among the online courses now available through our Link2eLearning service are:

 

  • Bullying Prevention and Positive School Climate
  • Bill157 - Keeping our Kids Safe at School
  • Sabrina's Law

 

For a viewable demo of "Bullying Prevention and Positive School Climate": http://tinyurl.com/lfe69vo

Contact us for more information - and for 50 free licenses in the "Bullying Prevention and Positive School Climate" course!

 

sales@wellnetsolutions.com

GHS Implementation in Canada

 

GHS Implementation in CanadaAs you probably already know, the U.S. Department of Labor revised its Hazard Communication Standard in March 2012 to bring it into alignment with the UN's new Globally Harmonized System. Intended to prevent an even higher degree of workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses, this transition will affect employers and workers by requiring that education on new label elements and the SDS format be completed by December 1, 2013.

 

While Canada has not formally declared its schedule for alignment with the GHS standard, expect to find out more information very soon.

 

How is Wellnet Solutions anticipating this change? Here are a few ways: