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Health and Safety: Teaching Tools
On-the-Job Safety Tips

WHMIS Safety

As you begin working part-time or at summer jobs, you will encounter chemical products - some which have obvious hazards (e.g. gasoline) and others where the hazard and risk is less obvious. Learn the hazards and risks before you begin!

WHMIS Safety

MSDSs and Labels

READ product labels and the MSDS before you work with a product.
ASK about hazards in your workplace ? ask questions if you are unsure.
REPORT missing or unreadable MSDS or labels to your supervisor.

Workplace Training and Orientation

EXPECT WHMIS training if you work with hazardous chemicals or products.
ASK: What are the hazards or dangers of my job?
Are there any specific rules for health and safety?
Have there been any accidents or near-accidents in the past in my work area? Why? How can they be prevented?
UNDERSTAND why you are given Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and how to use it - then USE IT! It isn't an option - it is your responsibility under the law.
REPORT missing or unreadable MSDS or labels to your supervisor.
REPORT any unsafe working condition or faulty equipment.
FIND OUT who to ask if you have questions and need more detailed Health & Safety information.
WASH your hands well after using any chemicals.
KNOW your emergency procedures and where emergency equipment is located.
LEARN first aid procedures and who to go to if you are injured on the job.
REPORT any injury or accident to your supervisor immediately.
NEVER EAT or DRINK near hazardous chemicals.