Deadline approaches for compliance with workplace hazardous materials regulations
October 25, 2018
Yukon workplaces are required to comply with the updated Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations by December 1, 2018.
WHMIS regulations apply to Yukon workplaces where hazardous materials are used. The system requires employers to provide their workers with information on the safe use of hazardous products—such as solvents, bleach and paint—using symbols, labels, information sheets, and education and training.
The Yukon regulations were updated in 2015 to align with the revised federal regulations. The three-year transition period gave suppliers of hazardous products and employers time to put all the changes into place. The transition period ends on December 1 when all hazardous products in the workplace must comply with WHMIS 2015.
“The updated regulations are good news for Yukon and for Canada as a whole. As well as increasing safety, the new standardized system improves the consistency of information and ease of compliance, it simplifies cross-border trade and it reduces costs for employers.”
“Our mandate at Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board is to prevent disability. These updated regulations are essential to preventing workplace injuries caused by hazardous materials.”
-President/CEO, Kurt Dieckmann
For more information:
WHMIS 2015 Regulations
Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Northern Safety Network Yukon
Spokesperson, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
Phone or text: 867-335-6040