The legalization of recreational cannabis has brought forth the potential issue of workplace impairment and employees being fit for work. Workers who are unfit or unable to carry out their work safely due to impairment introduce a hazard to the workplace, themselves, and others.
The Safety Office is in the process of developing a chemical labelling system that meets WHMIS 2015 requirements. This will allow us to update the labels on chemicals already on campus. Further updates will be provided as we work through the process to meet compliance specifications.
Health and safety coordinators can now request a list of labs in their department that have moved their chemical inventory to erPortal. Contact Dhananjai Borwankar for your list.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous materials and providing information on labels and safety data sheets (SDS). This transition will affect all employees at the University of Waterloo and especially those working with chemicals and in labs.
The University must meet the following criteria by December 1, 2018, to comply with the new WHMIS standards: