details: WHMIS and the GHS
UPDATE: The Hazardous Products Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on February 11, 2015. Both the amended Hazardous Products Act and new regulations are currently in force. "In force" means that suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada.
WHMIS was originally established in Canada in 1988. The new amendments that include changes and additions of the GHS (Global Harmozied System) are being referred to as WHMIS 2015.
When should I begin education and training programs for WHMIS 2015?
Suppliers have a three year transition period from 2015-2018 to fully comply with the new regulations. During this transition you may receive hazardous products that follow either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015. In fact, hazardous products labelled in compliance with WHMIS 2015 requirements may already be appearing in Ontario workplaces.
Let us help you through this transition period. Safety Guys provides you with blended training that addresses both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015, including GHS symbols, labelling and SDS's (Safety Data Sheets).
For more information on WHMIS 2015 please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act states that anyone who works with or could come in contact with hazardous materials requires training in WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
Workers in different fields require workplace specific instruction in addition to general training. Our instructor-led WHMIS course has been developed to provide information that exceeds MInistry of Labour regulations including topics such as 'Exempt Products" and "Consumer Product Symbols". Young workers especially need this information to protect themselves and others as they learn to navigate through workplace safety responsibilities.
We can also work with your company to develop and deliver a customized WHMIS program that engages your workers in the classroom setting and educates and empowers them to operate safely on the job. Workplace specific products and procedures will be incorporated into your lesson plan.