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A  recent survey , however, suggested some companies continue to face challenges to fully transition to the new standard. Osha is partnering with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) and the Canadian government, said Ms Ruskin. Together they will produce guidance that will include training modules on GHS labelling requirements and safety data sheets (SDSs). Instructions for site-specific information for workplaces will also be included. She reported that Osha has also recently updated the hazard communication safety and health topic page on its website. It now includes letters of interpretation and addresses other issues that have come up during implementation. Ms Ruskin said she realises there may be areas in the regulatory text that lack clarity or are "onerous". The agency will be reviewing these to see where "more reasonable" text is warranted. At the same conference, Amira Sultan, manager of policy and external relations division at Health Canada, provided information about technical guidance that Canada is currently developing.  The country is halfway through its GHS implementation. The amended Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the new Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) came into force in February 2015. The transition to the new system – referred to as WHMIS 2015 – will take place over a four stage period. Deadlines range from 1 June 2017 to 1 December 2018.

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