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Learn how to identify and work safely around chemical hazards found in most offices.

WHMIS 1988 for Office Environments
Language: English | French

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Course Details

Course Description

Chemical hazards come in many different forms and are found in every workplace. In an office environment, chemicals can come in the form of cleaners, paints, flammable aerosols, gas cylinders, which all have their own unique set of hazards. People who work in office environments must understand how to identify and deal with these hazards.

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 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) education requirements. WHMIS has been an important element of workplace health and safety programs and legislation in Canada for more than two decades.

This course includes case studies with discussion summaries and other examples to illustrate the concepts, as well as practical tools such as sample forms and checklists. Quizzes throughout the course and an exam help to measure and encourage learning.

Topics include:

  • WHMIS within the total building environment, including shipping/receiving areas and outdoor spaces
  • The three key elements of WHMIS: labels, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), and worker education/training
  • Working safely with WHMIS controlled products common to the office environment

Upon completion of the course you will know how to:

  • Explain how WHMIS contributes to safety and health in an office environment
  • Describe the WHMIS responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and workers
  • Define a "controlled product"
  • Give examples of controlled products in a typical office setting
  • Understand the meaning of WHMIS hazard symbols
  • Evaluate and apply the information on a WHMIS supplier label
  • Explain what information should be on a “workplace label”, and when they are needed
  • Understand the purpose and significance of information on MSDSs
  • Describe basic safe work practices for different types of controlled products

Average time to complete this course is approximately one hour.

Target Audience

Anyone who works in an office building, including: workers, supervisors, managers, building operations personnel, and cleaning/custodial staff.



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.


Registration for this course is provided online, or by contacting Client Services or calling 1-800-668-4284.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

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