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WHMISWhat are WHMIS and GHS?
WHMIS is Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a Canada-wide classification system designed to provide workplace standards for the control, handling, storage, and disposal of “controlled” products. WHMIS is law under the Canada Labour Code and is applied in Ontario as a regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

GHS is Globally Harmonized System which is an international initiative to standardize chemical hazard classification and communication globally. GHS is not expected to replace WHMIS, but rather will incorporate GHS elements. When implemented in Canada, there will be new standardized classification rules, label requirements and safety data sheets (SDS) formats.

What the law says
WHMIS specifies duties for suppliers, employers and workers.  Under WHMIS, employers must provide their workers with information received from suppliers about the hazards associated with any controlled substances or materials they are working with or around. This includes how to safety use, handle and store them.  Employers must provide workers with training about the WHMIS system of labeling, containers and using material safety data sheets (MSDS). These provisions apply to substances or materials that the employer purchases or produces.

How WHMIS can affect your business
A safe environment is a productive workplace. Health and safety is not simply a legal obligation or the right thing to do – it is a business opportunity. Effective training and processes reduce the cost of avoidable losses, insurance, lost-time injuries, fines and penalties. You can boost your bottom line through reduced injuries, higher productivity and improved health and safety performance.

What you can do

  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of every hazardous material in your workplace.
  • Have a system for assembling information on each of the hazardous materials, including MSDSs, which are provided by your suppliers
  • Provide training that prepares your staff to recognize and safely work with hazardous materials

Sector Specific Information

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

WSPS has been providing WHMIS training and information to Ontario workplaces since the program’s inception in 1988. You can find a variety of training options—specifically targeted to the agricultural, manufacturing or services industry, including classroom, on-site, self-study, or eLearning training options, as well as some stand-alone resources to help you meet your WHMIS obligations.

Training

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)
This 1/2 day awareness course shows you what your responsibilities under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations are.
Price:$139.50
WHMIS Train-the-Trainer (3 days)
In this three day course we’ll teach and qualify participants to deliver WHMIS training to their co-workers.
Price:$746.10
WHMIS (Manufacturing) (1/2 day)
Learn where to find information about controlled products and how to apply that information to protect your health and safety.
Price:$149.00

E-Courses

(ON) WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors in Ontario (1 hour)
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the duties of managers and supervisors.
Price:$100.00
(ON) WHMIS for Workers in Ontario (1 hour)
Learn WHMIS requirements - WHMIS symbols, their meanings, labels, MSDS in this introductory course.
Price:$80.00
(ON) WHMIS Refresher in Ontario (1 hour)
This e-course allows you to quickly refresh your WHMIS understanding.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (English) (1 hour)
The course familiarizes people who have supervisory and management responsibilities with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in workplaces.
Price:$100.00
WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (French) (1 hour)
The course familiarizes people who have supervisory and management responsibilities with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in workplaces.
Price:$100.00
WHMIS for Office Environments (English) (1 hour)
This e-course explains common chemical hazards found in office buildings and provides workers in office environments with the core knowledge required to meet legislated WHMIS education requirements.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS for Office Environments (French) (1 hour)
This e-course explains common chemical hazards found in office buildings and provides workers in office environments with the core knowledge required to meet legislated WHMIS education requirements.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS for Workers (English) (1 hour)
The course familiarizes workers with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in their workplaces.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS for Workers (French) (1 hour)
The course familiarizes workers with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in their workplaces.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS Refresher (English) (1 hour)
Created specifically for those who have already had some training on the basic concepts of WHMIS, this e-course allows you to quickly refresh your understanding.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS Refresher (French) (1 hour)
Created specifically for those who have already had some training on the basic concepts of WHMIS, this e-course allows you to quickly refresh your understanding.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (English) (1.5 hours)
This intermediate level course is for users of MSDSs and WHMIS labels to understand their purpose and the information contained in them.
Price:$80.00
WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (French) (1.5 hours)
This intermediate level course is for users of MSDSs and WHMIS labels to understand their purpose and the information contained in them.
Price:$80.00
HazCom for Workers (English) (1 hour)
Learn about the Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (1910.1200).
Price:$80.00

Products

WHMIS for Workers Self-Study Training Package
After completing this training program, your workers will have a solid understanding of WHMIS.
Price:$235.75
WHMIS for Workers Additional Print Package
Additional Print Package for WHMIS for Workers Self-Study Training Package.
Price:$38.75
WHMIS Digital
A flexible, cost-effective way to provide proven WHMIS training for employees in the Service Sector industry.
Price:$19.00

Downloads

Ventilation
Ventilation is a primary engineering control available to reduce the concentration of gases, dusts, vapours, smoke, and fumes in the air.
377 KB pdf
WHMIS: General Information and Training
A WHMIS program is required in all workplaces that may have controlled products.
425 KB PDF
WHMIS: Inventory Form and Instruction
The WHMIS inventory form can be used in your workplace to identify controlled products and assist with the development of workplace-specific WHMIS training programs.
468 KB 

Articles

Can your shop towels be contaminating workers?

Shop towels could be exposing people to heavy metals even after they’ve been laundered, reports a study published in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal.1

"This serves as an eye-opener," says Wagish Yajaman, a technical specialist at Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. "Exposure to hazardous substances is a bigger issue than people realize."

Jan 10, 2014
Start now to prepare for GHS

As Canada transitions from the national Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) — sometime in 2015 — workplaces will likely have a one-year period to realign their existing WHMIS program and training.

Aug 06, 2013
Watch out for misleading sales calls

It’s happening again. Or still. A business receives a phone call or visit from someone checking on a compliance matter. The person may be friendly or aggressive, but either way, the business is left with the impression that it may be falling short on its legal obligations. And guess who has the solution?

Jul 03, 2013
WHMIS update: preparing for a global system
Across-the-board WHMIS retraining will likely be required within the next few years upon the introduction of a new international standard. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Classifying and Labelling Chemicals will introduce a universal template for conveying product information in safety data sheets and a consistent labelling format using pictograms.
Dec 13, 2012