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WHMIS 1988 for Managers and Supervisors

WHMIS 1988 for Managers and Supervisors

Understand and meet your health and safety responsibilities under WHMIS

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Course Details

Format: e-Course
Language: English/French
License Options: Single Seat (90 days access)
Multi-seat (1 year access)

CCOHS developed this course by drawing upon the knowledge and experience accumulated from its information services since WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) began. The purpose of this course is to help managers and supervisors understand and meet their health and safety responsibilities, including WHMIS.

The course familiarizes people who have supervisory and management responsibilities with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in workplaces. Participants will learn about their WHMIS duties and responsibilities, WHMIS symbols and their meanings, product labels, and material safety data sheets (MSDSs). The course also includes valuable, practical advice, and basic health and safety measures you can take to protect your employees and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

Topics include:

  • Basics of WHMIS and Duties of the Employer
  • Duties And Responsibilities As A Manager Or Supervisor
  • Components Of A WHMIS Program
    • Hazard Communication
    • WHMIS Classes And Their Symbols
    • Labels
    • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  • Safe Use And Handling Of Hazardous Materials
  • Education And Training
  • Helpful Resources


Upon completion of this course you will be able to :

  • Know your duties and responsibilities under WHMIS regulations
  • Know the WHMIS classes and symbols and their meanings
  • Understand the types of information provided on supplier labels and workplace labels
  • Understand the information on MSDSs and be able to find information on hazards and preventive measures
  • Know how to control hazards and protect employees working with hazardous materials
  • Know how to find additional information on hazardous materials


Average time to complete this course is about 50-60 minutes.

Target Audience

  • Managers and supervisors in workplaces where chemical products are used
  • Human resources and safety professionals with responsibilities for training and compliance



Prior technical knowledge of health and safety is not a requirement. However, familiarity with workplace processes and practices is helpful.

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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Date Modified: 2018-10-15 12:22:19