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The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS, is a comprehensive system for providing health and safety information on the safe use of hazardous products in Canadian workplaces. In 2015, the Government of Canada amended the Hazardous Products Regulations and the Hazardous Products Act to align WHMIS with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). WHMIS 2015 sets forth the roles and responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and workers. It also includes new harmonized criteria for hazard classification, and updated requirements for hazard labels and safety data sheets. In this course, you will learn about WHMIS 2015, including the roles and responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and employees; physical and health hazards encountered in the workplace; required elements and standards of WHMIS-compliant labels and safety data sheets; and controls for eliminating or minimizing exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Pinchin Group of Companies, an environmental, health, and safety consulting firm with offices across Canada.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the basic roles and responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and employees under WHMIS 2015
  • Recognize how WHMIS regulates the communication of health and safety information.
  • Differentiate between health hazards and physical hazards
  • Recognize the four routes of entry by which a person may be exposed to hazardous materials
  • Recognize examples of the required elements of a hazardous material warning label
  • Identify when a workplace label should be used to label materials
  • Associate a WHMIS-compliant pictogram with a hazard class and category
  • Identify required information on a safety data sheet
  • Identify the purpose of safety data sheets
  • Understand types of controls used to eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace
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