Starting Oct. 1, 2017 new regulations for basic chemical handling safety will take effect, and it’s important that workers are provided the appropriate training.

The new regulations, known as Globally Harmonized System (GHS) or WHIMIS2015, brings Canada’s Workers Health Industrial Management Information System (WHIMIS) system in line with international standards.

The current round of inspections already underway will focus on compliance with either the current or the previous regulations and provide assistance with meeting the new requirements. However, by Dec. 1, 2018, all employers will be expected to be in compliance with the new GHS/WHIMIS2015 requirements.

If your employer has not already initiated training to ensure compliance with these new regulations, now is the time to remind them to initiate training opportunities for affected workers. Training should be accessible in terms of geographic location as well as language level, to ensure that this vital information is presented clearly and well understood by all participants.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact AUPE’s Occupational Health and Safety department at 1-800-232-7284 or