Canada recently adopted WHMIS 2015, a national chemical classification and hazard communication standard for workplace chemicals. The new Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) now incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals.
WHMIS 2015 provides the essential information, including the GHS, needed for a comprehensive workplace Occupational Health and Safety program for workers in low-risk occupations. In addition to providing information on health and safety legislation and workers’ rights and responsibilities included under the legislation, this course also addresses OH&S policies and procedures, including the responsibilities of employers and workers engaged in a Joint Health and Safety Committee. The program will also serve as a foundation for worksite-specific training and continued training for workers in higher-risk occupations.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHMIS) and workplace safety;
- Explain the WHMIS and Consumer safety identification program elements including symbols, labeling, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS);
- Identify potential hazards where written procedures or rules should be applied to the area and the work, and to feel comfortable asking your supervisor for this information;
- Understand your basic rights and responsibilities under the health and safety legislation;
- Identify when you require additional information and training;
- Apply what you learn, both at work and at home.