WHMIS 2015 - Orientation

The following table is intended to assist suppliers in finding the information they are looking for within the amended  Hazardous Products Act and the new  Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). It is also useful to know that parts and subparts in the HPR appear in the same order as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Purple book, 5th revised edition (i.e. s. 7.2 to 7.16 and s. 8.1 to 8.10 of the HPR correspond respectively to s. 2.2 to 2.16 and s. 3.1 to 3.10 of the GHS.

Information contained in this section is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute advice for any specific fact situation. For particular questions, users should contact their legal advisor and/or the occupational health and safety authority having jurisdiction for their workplace.
Location of Information within the HPA
Topic Sub-topic Location
Hazardous Products Act
Hazardous Products Regulations
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
Obligations Prohibitions HPA s. 13 to 14.2
Preparing and maintaining documents HPA s. 14.3
Excluded sectors HPA s. 12 and HPA Schedule 1
Definitions   HPA s. 2; HPR Part 1; and where a definition pertains only to a single hazard class, it is found within the HPR section pertaining to that hazard class.
Classification General rules HPR Part 2
Prescribed classification for particular substances HPR ss. 2(3) and HPR Schedule 4
General rules for materials or substances HPR s. 2.1
General rules for mixtures, including the 6 bridging principles HPR s. 2.2 to 2.6
General rules for products HPR s. 2.7
Specific rule relating to biological availability HPR s. 2.9
Physical hazard classes classification criteria and definitions HPR Part 7 (divided into 20 sub-parts; one per hazard class)
Health hazard classes classification criteria and definitions HPR Part 8 (divided into 12 sub-parts; one per hazard class)
Labelling Labelling requirements HPR Part 3
Pictograms HPR s. 3.1 and Schedule 3
Standardized elements for each hazard class (symbol/pictograms, signal word, hazard statement and precautionary statements) HPR Schedule 5 parts 1 to 6
GHS Purple book, 5th revised edition, Annex 3, s. 3
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) SDS requirements HPR Part 4
SDS format and content requirements HPR Schedule 1
Biohazardous Infectious Materials SDS appendix format and content requirements HPR ss. 4(3) and HPR Schedule 2
Reaction products (as per instructions for use) HPR s. 4.1
Concentration ranges HPR s. 4.5
Other Exceptions (including confidential business information) HPR Part 5
Requirements to provide information in an emergency HPR s. 6 and s. 6.1
Language requirements HPR s. 6.2
Transitional provisions that set out the allowances during the transition period HPR Part 9, s. 19
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