Workplace Health & Safety


Workplace safety in Canada is under the purview of the federal government per the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in the Workplace (GHS). GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets. Canada has implemented WHMIS 2015, a national chemical classification and hazard communication standard for workplace chemicals. It is a set of guidelines for ensuring the safe production, transport, handling, use and disposal of hazardous materials. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (or GHS) for workplace chemicals. Other areas of concern include environmental emergency regulations, toxics reduction control measures, air quality, wastewater treatment regulations and others.

CPCA is a member of Health Canada’s Current Issues Committee that addresses issues of concern for workplace health and safety

Workplace Health & Safety

Issues Tracking, Regulatory Updates & Canada Coatings HUB Resources

Issue Overview

While we now have a Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in the Workplace (GHS), some suggest it may not be as harmonized as we think. While safety in the workplace is paramount for all in the coatings industry, it is clear that work protection is strong and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. However, whether or not the legislation and regulations across the globe will be ‘harmonized’ is another matter as various countries are looking at different guideline revisions related to GHS. The challenge for CPCA and other associations is to actually work on seeking harmony where possible and this is not always made easy given the different revisions used and the various groups within each country engaged in ongoing development of the guidelines. This could negatively impact companies in the supply chain shipping goods across borders while seeking to be fully complaint. It is critical that the CoatingsHUB keep all updated on the status of safety information related to hazard communication per labels and safety data sheets.

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