Intertek’s scientific and regulatory experts can help your company successfully comply with the Canadian Globally Harmonized (GHS) hazard communication requirements, under the Hazardous Products Regulations, which came into force February 11, 2015.
The Canadian Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) adopts the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and replaces the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) which previously outlined the requirements for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). The new Regulations change hazard classification criteria, labels and safety data sheets (SDSs – formerly called material safety data sheets or MSDSs). Classification under the GHS approach is more structured than in the CPR and requires a systematic approach incorporating a thorough review of any data available on a mixture or its ingredients. Depending on the characteristics of the product, this approach may require complex toxicology/phys-chem calculations.
The February 11, 2015 coming into force date for the Regulations allows manufacturers and importers to immediately begin offering products into Canada under these new requirements. It also provides time for companies to transition to the new Hazcom documentation before it becomes mandatory on June 1, 2015 in the United States, under US OSHA HCS 2012 and the EU, under CLP.
Important for companies needing time to adopt the new requirements, the HPR include transition periods that addresses the needs/complications across the supply chain, from manufacturers/importers through distributors and finally to the employers.
Canadian GHS Services:
Intertek understands the challenges companies face in understanding and implementing new regulations within their workplace. Given the short turn-around time manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are presented with, it is vitally important for companies to act now. Intertek offers the following services to help you meet these deadlines effectively and efficiently:
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