This course provides up-to-date information consistent with the 2015 WHMIS standard (the 2015 standard is based on the Globally Harmonized Standard). The course also includes components relevant to the 1988 WHMIS standard in order to educate workers who work in environments where the classification of hazardous products to the new standard in still in transition.
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- Hazard Classifications
- Hazard Symbols and Pictograms
- 1988 vs 2015 Supplier and Workplace Label Requirements
- Safety Data Sheet Requirements and Format
Learners are required to complete a multiple choice test. The minimum passing mark is 75%.
Each successful learner will receive a record of completion.
Who Needs this Training?
The law in Ontario states that in every workplace WHMIS training must be provided to “a worker who works with or who may be exposed in the course of his or her work to a hazardous product.” Ontario Regulation 860 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, subsection 6(1)
What is a Hazardous Product or a WHMIS controlled product?
A hazardous product is one that is considered hazardous to workers because of it’s properties (corrosive,flammable, toxic, etc.) These products are classified in accordance with the Hazardous Products Regulations in Canada.
You may be thinking, “How should I know whether this stuff is a controlled product?”
One telltale clue can often be found on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS or MSDS). The product’s DS can often be found on the manufacturer’s website and should include information that indicates whether the product contains hazardous substances and is a WHMIS controlled product.
What If I Have Taken WHMIS Training Before?
The Province of Ontario has amended both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the WHMIS Regulation to implement WHMIS 2015. The new requirements came into force as of July 1, 2016 and include a multi-year transition.
How Often is WHMIS training required to be taken?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (subsection 42(3)) states that “an employer shall review, in consultation with the committee or health and safety representative, if any, for the workplace, the training and instruction provided to a worker and the worker’s familiarity therewith at least annually.”
This means that an annual review of the training must be conducted in order to determine if workers are remaining familiar with the information. The employer will then determine if further WHMIS training or a refresher course is needed.