WHMIS 2015 Courses To Help Canadian Organizations Work Safely With Chemicals

November 17, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed two online courses to help Canadian workplaces as they transition to WHMIS 2015. WHMIS 2015 aligns Canada’s workplace hazard communication system with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

WHMIS 2015 For Managers and Supervisors is intended to help participants understand their duties and responsibilities under the WHMIS 2015 legislation. The course covers the new WHMIS hazard classes, pictograms and their meanings; the types of information provided on supplier and workplace labels; and how to control and reduce the dangers of working with hazardous chemicals.

WHMIS 2015: Understanding SDSs explains the purpose of safety data sheets (SDSs) and the information contained in them. The course provides a thorough explanation of WHMIS 2015 safety data sheets and fulfills requirements for education on safety data sheet content and meaning.

More information on CCOHS education and training programs, including webinars, e-courses and podcasts, can be found at www.ccohs.ca/education/.

Quick Facts

  • CCOHS’ courses are developed by subject specialists and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure unbiased, credible content and approach.
  • The original Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) became law in 1988 and is now identified as WHMIS 1988.
  • Changes made to align WHMIS with GHS are referred to as WHMIS 2015.
  • There is a multi-year transition plan. The transition started February 11, 2015 and ends for most jurisdictions on December 1, 2018.
  • During transition, suppliers must comply with WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015. (Source)

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