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WHMIS 2015 or what the world calls GHS just sent out this Dec 2016 update

To provide guidance to suppliers of hazardous products destined for Canadian workplaces and in support of the 2016-17 Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Workplace Chemicals work plan, Health Canada committed to release Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR in two phases. Phase 1 was released on June 29, 2016 and focussed on classification principles, hazard communication and Confidential Business Information (CBI). We are pleased to inform you that the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau has now released the full Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR – WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements as our second phase release. This release comprises Phase 1 content as well as Phase 2 content (focussed on physical hazard and health hazard classification) in a consolidated Guidance document.


The development of the Technical Guidance has been informed by considering comments received from stakeholders as part of the publication of the proposed HPR in the Canada Gazette, Part I, comments received on guidance priorities, as well as inquiries received through the WHMIS email account.

Health Canada’s website at has been updated to reflect the availability of the Technical Guidance. A PDF copy of the guidance can be requested via this link:

Health Canada always welcomes input from stakeholders. Any feedback we receive will be taken into consideration in the development of future iterations of the guidance. Specific questions or comments regarding this guidance can be directed to Health Canada at:

For information on employer WHMIS requirements set out by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) occupational health and safety agencies, contact the agency in your jurisdiction. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can also be found at

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