CCOHS Representatives to Discuss Updates to GHS in Canada and U.S. at American Industrial Hygiene Association's Conference

HAMILTON, ON (May 14, 2013)- Representatives from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety will be attending the AIHce 2013 from May 18-23, in Montreal, Quebec, where they will discuss updates to the Globally Harmonized System.


Event: AIHce 2013


Location: Palais des congrès de Montréal,Viger Hall, 159 St. Antoine West, 9th floor

Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1H2, Canada


Presentation: GHS: Implementation and Impact on Workplaces in Canada and the United States


Speakers: Lorraine Davison, Manager, Chemical Services and Jan Chappel, Senior Technical Specialist, CCOHS


Date: Wednesday, May 22


Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon


GHS — the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals — provides a comprehensive standard for the classification of chemical hazards and communication of information on labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). OSHA HazCom 2012 adopted GHS and transitioning to GHS is under way in the U.S. Similar changes to Canadian WHMIS are expected in 2013. GHS implementation will have significant impacts on manufacturers and suppliers of chemical products and, subsequently, on users of chemical products. With representation from the Canadian GHS implementation team (federal and provincial governments, industry, and labor), this roundtable will describe challenges, solutions, and opportunities, as well as lessons learned from the U.S. implementation. Emphasis will be on the health and safety impact in workplaces and the measures that employers, labor unions, and IH specialists can take to prepare for GHS implementation.



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