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Regulatory amendments to OHSR relating to WHMIS 2015 now in effect

August 5, 2015 - Regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015 came into effect on August 4, 2015.

On Feb. 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

These regulatory amendments to the OHSR came into force on the date the consequential amendments to sections 5 and 6 of the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, Bill 9, came into force. This occurred on August 4, 2015. These changes harmonize with the Government of Canada‚s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS does not replace WHMIS. The existing WHMIS requirements will align with the GHS elements and are now called WHMIS 2015.

The strikethrough version of the amendments with explanatory notes can be accessed online.


August 5, 2015
By Lori Guiton WorkSafeBC

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