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SDS Authoring

SDS Authoring

WHMIS 2015 Update Requirements

With the adoption of WHMIS 2015 comes the requirement to update old MSDS documents from the WHMIS 1988 to the new format and symbols laid out in the Hazardous Products Regulations, which includes many of the requirements outlined in the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling. These requirements provide a standardized 16-section format with specific headings that must always appear on the SDS even if information is not available or not applicable. There are 3 important dates to be aware of for SDS updates:

WHMIS 2015 (Hazardous Products Regulation [HPR]) compliance dates have been extended by Health Canada. The extensions affects all importers, manufacturers and distributors of products falling under the HPR.

The deadline extensions are as follows:

WHMIS 2015 Deadline Dates
Compliance Required For: New Deadline Extension
Manufacturers/Importers June 1, 2018 1 Year
Distributors September 1, 2018 3 Months
Employers December 1, 2018 N/A

More information will be available upon publication of the Canada Gazette Part 2.

SDS Updates

SDS updates involve taking completed SDSs and updating them to the new 16-section format with new hazard symbols and a verified classification under the new WHMIS2015/GHS standard. Updates are required whenever new information is discovered for a substance or mixture (new hazard information or testing data). New information can include information gained through documented workplace exposures/incidents/experiences, updated hazard testing and/or new information obtained from ingredient suppliers. In order to perform SDS updates one of the following must be provided:

  1. a) If the substance/mixture has been tested: the most recent M/SDS along with any new information obtained since its creation.
  1. b) If the substance/mixture has not been tested: M/SDSs provided by the ingredient supplier and for mixtures/solutions, the concentrations of each ingredient within the solution/mixture AND any new information obtained since the M/SDS creation/update.

SDS Creation

SDS creations involve in-depth analysis of all of the known data about a substance/mixture. We’ll use all this information to produce a compliant SDS which relies on proper classification of the hazards and precautionary statements to deliver the reader a technical document in accordance with the new WHMIS2015/GHS standard. In-depth information required to create your SDS including but not limited to:

Hazard test results (when available)

Known hazards of substance/mixture

Ingredient M/SDSs (for each ingredient)

Ingredient Supplier Information

Composition information (for mixtures/solutions)

Any known specialized precautions


SDS Labeling and Other Services

The need for an emergency contact number is a new requirement that must appear on your SDS. If required, iHazmat can register your product with our 24-Hour/Emergency Phone Service. Once your SDS is created or updated, we can then use the SDS to create product labels. iHazmat can also print and ship the labels to you. Updated labels are also required once WHMIS 2015 is adopted for a product.

A quick review of your SDS will give us all the information we need to create your Drum Label design.  A compliant and current SDS is the responsibility of the customer and we only create labels based on the information you provide us. If you’d like us to print them as well, we can normally have the finished product at your door within 5-10 business days from approved label proof. Choose from multiple grades of label material to ensure you get the quality you need. Email us your project details and we can get started right away.

iHazmat can also help you with SDS hosting and management solutions, as well as SDS reformats, revisions and updates. Really, we can do it all when it comes to ensuring your SDS are compliant with the latest regulations. Trust the experts.