A Comparison of GHS Formats – USA vs Canada

WHMIS 2015 legislation has brought some changes to the requirements for SDSs and labels in Canada. New WHMIS 2015 legislation combines six additional hazards, adopted from GHS – the system used in the United States and many countries around the world for the standardised classification of chemicals– into WHMIS 1988.

But while GHS regulations are now the standard in both the United States and Canada, differences still exist between the regulatory requirements of the two countries’ SDSs and labels.

Below is a chart outlining the most significant differences:


As you can see, while the SDS and label requirements under WHMIS 2015 are more similar to those in the United States with the incorporation of GHS, there are still some key differences that can make compliance with the regulations of both countries challenging.

However, Hazox is here to help.

As you can see, while the SDS and label requirements under WHMIS 2015 are more similar to those in the United States with the incorporation of GHS, there are still some key differences that can make compliance with the regulations of both countries challenging.

As you can see, while the SDS and label requirements under WHMIS 2015 are more similar to those in the United States with the incorporation of GHS, there are still some key differences that can make compliance with the regulations of both countries challenging.

We offer fully compliant turn-key solutions to ensure you are always fully compliant as regulation requirements change. We offer packages for Canada, as well as countries all over the world.

When adding a country turn-key implementation package in Hazox, you will receive all the components needed to author a fully compliant SDS, including: document template(s), specific legislated phrases for headings and subheadings in both the native language & English, classifications specific to the country or region, including all the relevant system tables, range tables and configurations required to author a fully compliant SDS and LABEL.

If you’re interested in purchasing a package or receiving more information, contact us today!

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