WHIMIS 2015 – The impact on condominiums – By Chris Linkert

WHMIS 2015, or the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, is a comprehensive system that outlines the classification and communication requirements for hazardous products in the workplace. The system was updated in 2015 to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which standardizes the classification and communication of chemical hazards globally. The changes to WHMIS 2015 have significant implications for many industries, including the condominium industry.

In the condominium industry, there are numerous hazardous products and substances that are used in day-to-day operations. These may include cleaning chemicals, paints, solvents, and pesticides. It is important for condominium managers, staff, and contractors to be aware of the potential hazards associated with these products, as well as the proper handling, storage, and disposal procedures. WHMIS 2015 provides a framework for ensuring that all hazardous products used in the industry are appropriately labelled and communicated to those who may come into contact with them.
One of the key changes in WHMIS 2015 is the requirement for new hazard symbols and pictograms. These symbols are designed to be more easily understood by individuals who
may not speak the same language as the product label. This is particularly important in the condominium industry, where staff and contractors may come from a variety of different
cultural backgrounds. The new symbols and pictograms make it easier for all individuals to quickly identify the potential hazards associated with a product.

Another important aspect of WHMIS 2015 is the requirement for updated safety data sheets (SDSs) for all hazardous products. SDSs provide detailed information about the hazards associated with a product, as well as instructions for safe handling, storage, and disposal. This information is critical for individuals in the condominium industry who may be working with hazardous products on a regular basis. By ensuring that all SDSs are up-to-date and readily available, the industry can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Overall, WHMIS 2015 has important implications for the condominium industry. By providing a standardized system for the communication and handling of hazardous products, the system can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries in the industry. It is important for all individuals working in the
industry to be aware of the requirements of WHMIS 2015, and to take the necessary steps to ensure that all hazardous products are handled safely and responsibly.

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