New WHMIS course updates for 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Full integration with globally harmonized system as of Jan. 1

Poster: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Keith Birnie, Industrial Hygiene and Ventilation Specialist at Workplace Safety NorthAs of Jan. 1, 2019, full integration of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the globally harmonized system for the classification and labelling of chemicals took effect 

Employers had until Dec. 1, 2018 to fully implement the WHMIS 2015 requirements. Until then, both WHMIS 1988 and/or 2015 could be used. After Dec. 1, 2018, employers must have used up all the WHMIS 1988 products or re-labelled them to conform to WHMIS 2015. WSN updated its half-day WHMIS training to reflect these changes.

“Workplace Safety North’s updated half-day classroom course is designed for all workplaces,” says Keith Birnie, Industrial Hygiene and Ventilation Specialist at Workplace Safety North (WSN). “The course reviews the specific requirements for hazard identification and product classification for every workplace that uses, handles, stores or disposes of hazardous materials.”

The course explains the three ways in which WHMIS requires that information on hazardous materials in the workplace be communicated to workers – through product labels, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and worker training programs.

After completing the WHMIS course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe WHMIS and why it is important to workers
  • Describe the hazards associated with WHMIS-regulated products
  • Identify the WHMIS hazard classes and symbols
  • Identify the information types covered on supplier and workplace labels
  • Describe the purpose, content and function of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Describe the hazard controls for WHMIS-regulated products
  • Describe the legal rights and duties under WHMIS
  • Apply the knowledge acquired in the course to their workplace.

“This course is intended for JHSC members, workers, supervisors, lead hands, and managers,” notes Birnie.

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