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We live in a world full of chemicals. Everything around us and in us has a chemical nature. These chemicals can harm us in one way or another and often we are oblivious to the hazards. In some cases, we spend so much time working with chemicals that we forget that they can pose a health or safety risk.
There are over 500,000 substances used in workplaces across the nation, many of them are known to be toxic or harmful to humans. Some agents are so harmful, very special conditions must be met before they can be introduced into a workplace. That’s where the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS comes into the picture.
WHMIS was developed as a Canada wide initiative in 1988 to increase awareness of the risks involved in chemical use and to educate workers about safe handling techniques and procedures. All workers must receive training about hazardous materials used in the workplace. This online WHMIS course will provide both the required general training and a certificate to show that the training was successfully completed. Perhaps more important is that this online WHMIS course provides participants the foundation for preventing accidental and long-term exposure to the harmful effects of hazardous workplace materials.
Training online will reduce costs in both training and compliance. Employees can be trained at the most convenient time without the need to schedule classes or travel to classrooms.
Upon successful completion, a WHMIS training certificate will be provided.
Online WHMIS Training course modules
Introduction to WHMIS
Basic Worker Rights
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Exposure to Hazardous Materials
What is WHMIS?
WHMIS is a Canada–wide regulation requiring all workers who come in contact with hazardous materials to be fully trained.
What Federal Acts and Regulations govern WHMIS?
- Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304), Part X, Hazardous Substances
- Controlled Products Regulations
- Hazardous Products Act (HPA)
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Act
Who needs WHMIS Training in Canada?
Just about everyone! Federal Regulations require training on WHMIS be conducted for all employees exposed or likely to be exposed to a hazardous material or controlled product present in the workplace. Also those involved in delivering or moving WHMIS products must also receive Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) training.
Who requires WHMIS training?
Employers and workers that work with or in proximity to controlled products. - Reg. 860 s. 4(1)
When should workers of the company receive WHMIS training?
During initial orientation and when a new chemical is introduced to the workplace.
Is my company responsible to check whether third-party cleaners have completed WHMIS training?
Yes. The company should verify the completion of training for the protection of workers. - OHSA s. 25(2)(h)
I work in a Federal workplace, does WHMIS apply to me?
Provincial WHMIS legislation does not apply to federal workplaces such as banks, post offices and airports. Instead, certain sections of the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations implement WHMIS in federal workplaces. So yes, it really still applies.
How often is WHMIS Training needed?
This is not specified in the Regulations. They only state that the employer must review the education program at least once a year in consultation with workers (typically the health & safety committee), or more often if conditions in the workplace change or if new information about a controlled product becomes available. OLE recommends retraining employees every year.
What are WHMIS Symbols?
There are eight WHMIS Hazard Symbols representing hazard classes A through F. Workers must be trained by employers to recognize them and understand what they mean.
What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?
It is an information sheet that must be available whenever a WHMIS controlled substance is present in the workplace. The MSDS is a technical bulletin providing specific hazard information, safe handling information, and emergency procedures for a controlled product.
What are WHMIS Supplier Labels?
Suppliers are responsible for labeling WHMIS-controlled products they provide to customers. This label must be enclosed within a WHMIS Label Border, sometimes called a “WHMIS Hatched Border”. Amongst other things the label must include the appropriate hazard symbol, risk phrases, precautionary and first aid measures, make reference to the MSDS and be printed in both English and French.
What is the difference between WHMIS and TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods)?
WHMIS is about the safe handling of controlled products for industrial use and the effects to workers of those materials. The TDG Regulation deals with controlling transportation of the hazardous materials and what to do in the event of a spill or leak..
Do US OSHA Supplier Labels meet Canadian requirements?
No. The WHMIS supplier label contains more information than is specified for OSHA. Also the WHMIS prescribes that information on the Supplier Label must be in both English and French and enclosed within a “hatched” border. This is discussed in detail in our course.
Does OSG’s WHMIS course meet the regulations for training?
Yes, our course has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines published by The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
How does the GHS affect WHMIS?
The GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) is an international standard designed to replace the various different classification and labeling standards used in different countries. WHMIS regulations will need to be amended to incorporate the new harmonized criteria for hazard classification and requirements for hazard communication; i.e., for MSDSs and labels. Most of Europe and the US are already implementing the GHS. More information about the schedule for implementing the GHS can be found at: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ghs_welcome_e.html
Note: OSG Online Safety Training Courses are non-refundable, non-transferrable and expire one year from the date of purchase.
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