HAMILTON, ON (June 26, 2008) –The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new e-course designed as a quick refresher of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). WHMIS Refresher, created specifically for those who have some prior training on the basic concepts of WHMIS, is intended to help participants update their knowledge and understanding of WHMIS and workplace chemical hazards.
The course reviews WHMIS legislation and enforcement, WHMIS labels and material safety data sheets (MSDSs), hazard classes and symbols and provides tips for working safely with controlled products. This course does not cover certain special issues and requirements that may apply to laboratories or in workplaces where chemicals are produced, formulated, or packaged.
WHMIS education and training are required for anyone who stores, handles, uses, or disposes of a controlled product, as well as for their immediate supervisor. Anyone in the workplace who works with, or near, hazardous materials or who may be at risk must be trained in WHMIS.
The one-hour course features case studies, quizzes, an “ask a question” option, practical summaries and a final exam. All e-courses by CCOHS are available in English and French. They are developed by experts in the field and reviewed by labour, employer and government representatives.