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GHS Chemical Safety Has Certain Safety Features Here in Canada ONLY!

In Canada just like other countries we have added and seasoned our GHS needs to meet our countries need based upon the United Nations Standards but with a small twist to the world wide program!  So has your employer trained you on WHMIS 2015 and have you been update with our small but important updates for your workplace?

In the HPR, some of the previous CPR exemptions were removed (e.g., flavours and fragrances), some were retained with modification (e.g., an exemption from labeling requirements for imported hazardous products that are to be labelled in accordance with the Regulations prior to being sold or used in a workplace), and a few new exemptions were created (e.g., bailing a product for the purpose of transportation).

For both physical and health hazards of a substance not addressed by the subclasses in GHS, the physical hazards not otherwise specified and health hazards not otherwise specified subclasses will be applicable in Canada. Supplier Identifier The initial supplier of a controlled substance must be provided on both the SDS and label unless the distributor opts to provide their own information. Confidential Business Information The confidential business information aspect of WHMIS will be unaltered under the proposed changes

The OLD with the NEW

And although Biohazardous Infectious Materials is a health HAZARD risk it has its own symbol as used under the old system for Canada only!

Physical Hazards Not Otherwise Classified and Health Hazards Not Otherwise Classified classes are required to have a GHS pictogram that is appropriate to the hazard identified.

Both the Flame and Explosive pictogram are used for Self-reactive substances and mixtures (Type B) and Organic peroxides (Type B)

The Pictogram used to indicate Long Term Health Effects

Under Under the GHS system reduced labelling requirements apply in certain situations such as for: · Small containers · Research chemicals or samples for analysis · Decanted or transferred chemicals · Hazardous chemicals with known hazards NOT supplied to another workplace. · Hazardous waste products.

Something in GHS are similar to Dangerous Goods but they are no where close in the law. Dangerous Goods Labels will still apply to bulk dangerous goods storage areas e.g. Flammable Liquid Cabinets and cryogen tanks. These should not be replaced with GHS labels.

So the law reads in Canada!

Outer Container: For hazardous products packaged in multi-containers, the outer container does not require a WHMIS label if:

1) the inner container label is visible and legible through the outer container, or

2) the outer container has a label that complies with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG regulations). Small Capacity Containers (100 ml or less): Small volume containers are not required to have precautionary or hazard statements on the label.

Small Capacity Containers (3 ml or less): Hazardous products packaged in a container of 3 ml or less where the label interferes with the normal use of the product are required to have a label that remains durable and legible only while in transport and storage.

Bulk Shipment and Unpackaged Hazardous Products: The bulk shipment exemption includes hazardous products sold without packaging of any sort (such as bulk oil) regardless of whether they are shipped or picked up at the supplier’s location. These products are not required to have a label. All label information will be provided within sections 1 and 2 of the safety data sheet (SDS), which will allow the purchaser to create a label.

Complex Mixtures – Ingredients: For hazardous products that are complex mixtures or that contain an ingredient that is a complex mixture, a supplier may disclose the commonly known generic name of the complex mixture, along with its concentration if the complex mixture is an ingredient of the hazardous product.

Repetition of Symbol on Label: Products that show a TDG regulations symbol on the label do not require a GHS pictogram for the same hazard. In Transit Products: Hazardous products that are being transported through Canada, after being imported and before being exported, when the place of initial loading and the final destination are outside of Canada, are not required to have an SDS or label

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