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Note: The federal Hazardous Products Act and the pursuant Controlled Products Regulation, which apply to suppliers, define which materials (i.e., controlled products) are included in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and what information suppliers must provide to employers for controlled products used in the workplace.
The Workers' Compensation Board administers the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act in British Columbia under section 114 of the Workers Compensation Act, and WorkSafeBC officers enforce federal requirements on suppliers under the Hazardous Products Act.
The following are summaries of key sections of the Hazardous Products Act.
Suppliers selling or importing a controlled product for use in a workplace in Canada must:
An MSDS is a technical bulletin that provides detailed hazard and precautionary information. It must state the following:
For details, see Part II, sections 13 and 14 of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada).
These requirements of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada) do not apply to the sale or import of:
For details, see Part II, section 12 of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada).