December 1, 2018 marks the official end of the transition period between WHMIS 1988 and the new and improved WHMIS 2015 standards. In 2015, WHMIS
was updated to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), a system developed by the United Nations. The new classifications, labels and safety data sheets are meant to improve worker safety.
What has changed?
The key changes in the new system are:
More advanced hazard classification
A standardized language
New requirements for hazardous product supplier labels
New safety data sheet format
The physical hazard criteria are now in line with TDG regulations