WHMIS 2015 Participant Workbook

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Provide your workers with the education they need to understand WHMIS 2015.

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As a companion to the WHMIS 2015 Instructor's Toolkit, this 108-page Participant Workbook serves as part of the education that introduces workers to WHMIS and its changes following alignment with GHS. With the alignment, workers will see new hazard classes and categories, symbols, labels, and safety data sheets.

The Toolkit and Workbook emphasize key information that workers need to know to work safely with hazardous products, and provides review questions, activities, and a final test to help assess workers' understanding of the material.

This Participant Workbook is strongly recommended for each worker in the course. The workbook provides background about WHMIS and the impact of GHS on WHMIS, with a focus on hazard classes, labels, and safety data sheets. An included worksheet encourages participants to answer and record important WHMIS and health and safety information that is specific to their workplace.


The goal is to help workers understand what new information is being provided to them, and to help them interpret and use that information to keep themselves and co-workers safe. By the end of the course, workers should be able to answer these questions:

  • What are the hazards of the product?
  • How are you protected from those hazards?
  • What do you do in case of an emergency?
  • Where can you get further information?


The Toolkit is organized using a module system, allowing trainers to customize the course by using the sections that are most relevant to their audience's needs. The course content includes:

  • An overview of WHMIS
  • A brief discussion of WHMIS 2015 in a Canadian context
  • The main components of the WHMIS system
    • Labels
    • Safety data sheets (SDSs)
    • Hazard classes/categories
      • Summary by pictogram
      • Summary of each hazard class
  • Guidance for workplace-specific training requirements
  • Participant activities to enhance learning and retention
  • Assessment tools including quizzes and a final test for documentation of learning
  • Electronic slides for delivery of the course to workers

The Toolkit is not intended to teach trainers or workers how to classify hazardous products or how to write safety data sheets.

Target Audience

The WHMIS 2015 Instructor's Toolkit and Participant Workbook are intended for individuals who are responsible for WHMIS education in their workplace, and for organizations that need to educate their workforce regarding WHMIS after alignment with GHS.

They provide an introduction to WHMIS for workers and provide trainers with tools and guidance for this task, placing emphasis on the common hazard classes and workplace scenarios that are likely to be encountered by most business.


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