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WHMIS Legislation
On October 31, 1988 the federal government passed a law and a set of regulations to establish WHMIS, which stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.  It is a communications system that guarantees workers the information they need to prevent and protect themselves against injuries, illnesses, and deaths associated with the materials or chemicals they use at work.  It was developed by a steering committee with representatives from government, industry, and labour to ensure the best interests of all three groups were incorporated. WHMIS applies to everyone and is a national program, compulsory for every employer and in every workplace across the country.  There are no small company exemptions, no loopholes, or short cuts. WHMIS is about rights and duties - primarily a worker’s rights and an employer’s duties.

Most of the information requirements of WHMIS legislation were incorporated into the Hazardous Products Act and the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act. Occupational health and safety aspects of WHMIS that apply to federal employees and others fall under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) and Canadian Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Part X).  For federal workplaces, the Labour Branch of Human Resources Development Canada enforces WHMIS.  In most other workplaces, WHMIS is enforced by the provincial or territorial agency responsible for occupational health and safety. 

For more detailed information on WHMIS legislation, please click on this link:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/labour/health_safety/prevention/whmis/employer.shtml

The following acts and regulations apply to workers and employers covered by the provincial jurisdictions:

Alberta: Occupational Health and Safety Act Chemical Hazards Regulation, Part 2
British Columbia: Workers’ Compensation Act Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Part 5
Manitoba: The Workplace Safety and Health Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation
New Brunswick: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation
Newfoundland: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations
Northwest Territories & Nunavut: Safety Act Work Site Hazardous Materials Information System Regulations
Nova Scotia: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations
Ontario: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation
Prince Edward Island: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation
Quebec: Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Respecting Information on Controlled Products
Saskatchewan: Occupational Health and Safety Act Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part XXII
Yukon Territories: Occupational Health and Safety Act Workplace Hazardous Materials
Information System Regulations