Canadian regulations assign clear responsibilities to suppliers of hazardous materials as well as employers who require their workers to handle such products.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) mandates product labelling, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), and training to ensure workers are properly informed of the dangers in the workplace and how to avoid them. Whether you are a chemical supplier, employer, importer, supervisor, or simply a worker involved in the day-to-day handling of chemicals, you must know about WHMIS.
Overview of Canadian federal and provincial regulations
Responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and workers
Different classes of hazardous materials and the risk involved in their use
Supplier label requirements related to information, design, and location
Workplace labelling options
Material safety data sheets
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 2 hours.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.
WHMIS TO GHS TRANSITION
In February 2015, the Government of Canada officially announced the specifics of its gradual transition from the WHMIS hazard communication standard to the GHS (Globally Harmonized System) with projected complete adoption by December 2018.
GHS is a hazard communication standard developed by an international team of experts with the goal of establishing a global standard for classifying hazards and formatting labels and safety data sheets.
Until the transition is complete, employees will need training on both the WHMIS and GHS systems. After the transition period is over, material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and labels for products originating within and outside of Canada will be globally standardized to simplify education and training.