MRO Magazine

Chemical-labelling software ensures compliance with WHMIS, OSHA regulations


January 17, 2012
By PEM Magazine

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a web-based tool to help employers and suppliers label their chemical products, in compliance with Canadian and American workplace labelling regulations.
CANLabel will address many of the challenges employers and suppliers face when creating compliant supplier and workplace labels in Canada and the United States. This software will assist employers and suppliers to create labels that meet the requirements of Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and the United States’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard. The software was created with the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in mind, as it is expected that both WHMIS and OSHA will be aligning their systems with the GHS.
Features of the software include:

  • Hazard assessments drive phrase options
  • Translates standard phrases to Canadian French and Latin American Spanish
  • Customizable phrases
  • Compatibility with off-the-shelf adhesive stationary
  • Multiple label sizes

“Labels on containers of hazardous chemical products act as the first warning for workers. Awareness of the hazards and the necessary precautions is critical to workers being able to safely handle hazardous materials,” says Lorraine Davison, manager of chemical services at CCOHS. “An upcoming challenge for chemical manufacturers, suppliers and employers will be conforming to the changes required by the new GHS system,” she says.
CCOHS is offering a complimentary 90-minute webinar, Going Global-GHS and Labelling, on how to prepare labels that meet current requirements under WHMIS and OSHA while starting to transition to GHS. The webinar will take place Jan. 31, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.