WHMIS 2015 Fact Sheets Free

Raising awareness about WHMIS 2015.

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Cover page for WHMIS 2015 Fact Sheets
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CCOHS has worked in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada to develop this series of WHMIS 2015 Fact Sheets. These information sheets are a part of CCOHS' free WHMIS 2015 e-courses.

Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS has not replaced WHMIS. Rather, the original WHMIS, which remained virtually unchanged since 1988, has incorporated GHS elements, resulting in new standardized:

  • classification criteria
  • label requirements
  • safety data sheet (SDS) requirements (formerly material safety data sheet)

The modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015.

These fact sheets promote awareness about WHMIS 2015, and include an Overview; Information for Suppliers and Importers; Information for Employers; Pictograms and Their Hazards; Hazard Classes; Supplier Labels; Safety Data Sheets; Variances; Exemptions for Suppliers and Employers; and CBI - Confidential Business Information.

All WHMIS After GHS Fact Sheets are available in both English and French.


These WHMIS 2015 Fact Sheets were developed to raise awareness about the changes that have occurred with the modification of WHMIS to implement the GHS for workplace chemicals.

Target Audience

  • Suppliers
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Workers
  • WHMIS educators and trainers
  • Health and safety committee members

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Preview a larger version of the individual fact sheets by clicking on the thumbnail images below. Click on the Download button at the top of the page to obtain all the Fact Sheets in PDF format.

Image: WHMIS After GHS - An Overview
WHMIS 2015 - An Overview
Picture: Information for Suppliers and Importers
Information for Suppliers and Importers
Picture: Information for Employers
Information for Employers
Picture: Hazard Classes
Hazard Classes
Picture: Symbols/Pictograms And Their Hazards
Symbols/Pictograms And Their Hazards
Picture: Supplier Labels
Supplier Labels
Picture: Safety Data Sheets
Safety Data Sheets
Picture: Variances
Picture: Exemptions for Suppliers and Importers
Exemptions for Suppliers and Importers
Picture: Confidential Business Information
Confidential Business Information

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