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Canada's New WHMIS 2.0 Workplace Labelling System. This new system will improve safety in the workplace. The system is based on WHMIS 2.0 workplace regulations and health Canada requirements.
This new system was developed by ICC The Compliance Center and was endorsed by The Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) 

How the New System works:
Employees will recognize hazards instantly. Simplicity is the key with GHS Workplace  system as it is a symbols based system to avoid increasing language barriers. Details for the workplace labels will easily be found on the supplier label and transferred on to workplace labels by workers. This system alerts workers of the Health Hazards, Physical Hazards, Environmental Hazards and Target Organ Effects of a chemical. It will also identify the minimum personal protection required when handling Chemicals. The Canada's GHS Workplace system exceeds the requirements under health Canada GHS within WHMIS. 
The Requirements needed to Comply in the workplace labels, tags, signs, pipemarkers.

Develop and apply Canada's GHS workplace labels to controlled products or their containers if:

The employer produces a controlled product in the workplace—except where the product is a hazardous waste or fugitive emission; is an intermediary in a reaction; is produced in a laboratory solely for research and development in the laboratory; is in a container or form intended solely for export; or is in a container intended for sale or disposition and is or is about to be (generally within one work shift )appropriately labelled 

An existing supplier label becomes illegible or is accidentally removed and a replacement supplier label is not available. This the Law.
The label must disclose: The product identifier (Chemical Name, CAS#) 
Signal word - There are two signal words in the GHS system - Danger and Warning. These signal words are used to communicate the level of hazard on the label. Danger is the most servere category 1 and 2,while Warning is used for the less serious Category 3 and 4. There are categories where no signal word is used. Mostly category 5

GHS Pictograms - Pictogram refers to the GHS symbol on the label and SDS. Not all categories have a symbol associated with them.
Target Organ Effect and Personal Protection Equipment For more information or a demonstration, please contact customer service 888.977.4834


GHMIS Workplace labeling poster

Canada GHS Workplace Poster English 23"x35" PO-MS54E

Canada GHS GHMIS Workplace Charts 8.5 "x11" PO-CH54



1. Container Labels will have a signal word in the text on the left side. On the GHS workplace label you check off the signal word box that is needed. In this case DANGER. 

2. GHS Symbols on the container label will tell you what is needed on the workplace label.
    Green System
  • Blue - Health Hazard
  • Red - Physical Hazard
  • Green - Environmental Hazard
  • Black - Target Organ Effects

    Orange System
  • Blue - Health Hazard
  • Red - Physical Hazard 
      (Flammable only)
  • Green - Physical Hazard 
      (All non-flammable hazards)
  • Black - Target Organ Effects

3. Hazard Statements are the main hazards of a GHS classified substance or mixture. 

4. Target Organ Effect information can only be found on an SDS or on the container label. 

5. PPE Information is based on your company safety requirements or see SDS binder.
GHMIS Labeling Systems

If your supplier has the GHS Band of Colours on their label then copy the information from bottom right or ASK you supplier to add the GHS band of Colours to the supplier label. This makes for good Responsible Distribution. ICC are members of the NACD and the Canadian CACD.
GHMIS™ / GHMIS™ Colour Bars / GHMIS™ Worded Colour Bars are all TRADEMARK™ of ICC The Compliance Center in Canada
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