OHS Insider Month in Review – October 2017: Federal



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.

Emergency Preparedness
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.

Climate Change
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.