OHS Insider Month in Review – October 2017: Federal
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct.: More than a year from the official Dec. 1, 2018 compliance deadline, WHMIS inspections are underway to determine if employers are meeting their GHS/WHMIS obligations. While the idea is “we’re here to help,” fines are still possible for employers that can’t show:
- Workers have received appropriate GHS education and training
- WHMIS labels meet either current or GHS standards
- There’s either an MSDS or newfangled SDS for each controlled product in the workplace.
Oct. 13: What kind of regulations should Canada have if, heaven forbid, it needs to recover from a nuclear emergency? The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has extended the deadline to comment on a proposal addressing that unthinkable question to Jan. 27, 2018. While directed mostly to the government sector, the proposed regulations could have implications for private sector companies and workplaces.
Oct. 13: A new MOE project called the EcoAction Community Funding Program will provide over $4 million in funding for 66 new climate change projects across the country.