New half-day course fulfils employer requirements for worker training during transition period
More than 65 countries, including Canada, have adopted or are adopting the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals. GHS establishes common ways for countries to classify and communicate hazards by providing consistent warning labels and safety data sheets. Canada has incorporated GHS into the new Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) legislation.
Employers have until Dec. 1, 2018 to fully implement WHMIS 2015. Until then both WHMIS 1988 and/or 2015 may be used. After Dec. 1, 2018, employer must have used up all of the WHMIS 1988 products or re-labelled them to conform to WHMIS 2015. Because there is a period of time when there may be both WHMIS 1988 labelling and safety data sheets in the workplace, workers must be trained on both WHMIS laws until Dec. 1, 2018 if both systems are used in their workplace.
Workplace Safety North’s new half-day classroom course, WHMIS 1988/WHMIS 2015, reviews the specific requirements for hazard identification and product classification in every workplace that uses, handles, stores or disposes of hazardous materials. It explains the three ways in which WHMIS requires that information on hazardous materials in the workplace be communicated to workers – through product labels, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and worker training programs.
After completing the WHMIS 1988/WHMIS 2015 course, participants will be able to:
- Describe WHMIS and why it is important to workers
- Describe what the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is and how it affects WHMIS
- 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.
Workplace Safety North also offers a one-hour online WHMIS awareness program. That program focuses on WHMIS 2015 and does not provide the level of detail on both WHMIS 1988 and 2015 that our classroom training does. To ensure workers fully understand WHMIS symbols, labels and data sheets during the transition period, employers should make our half-day classroom training their first choice.