WHMIS 2015

What topics are be covered?

Examples of topics that are be covered during education and training include:

  • The information on both the supplier label and workplace label, and what that information means.
  • The information on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and what that information means.
  • The procedures required for safe use, handling and disposal of a hazardous product.
  • Any other procedures required when the product is in a pipe, piping system, vessel, tank car, etc.
  • The procedure to follow if the hazardous product may be present in the air and a worker may be exposed.
  • All procedures that must be followed in an emergency that involves the hazardous product.

Is there a difference between education and training with WHMIS 2015?

Yes. Education and training can be thought of as two separate parts.

  • Education refers to general or portable information such as how WHMIS works and the hazards of the products. For example, you will learn about the hazard classes (e.g., why a product is called a corrosive, and what information you can find on labels and SDSs).
  • Training refers to the site- and job-specific information to employees that will cover your workplace's procedures for storage, handling, use, disposal, emergencies, spills, and what to do in unusual situations.

Who should receive this education and training?

In Canada, if a workplace uses hazardous products, there must be a WHMIS program in place. Workers must be educated and trained so they understand the hazards, and know how to work safely with hazardous products.

All workers who work with a hazardous product, or who may be exposed to a hazardous product as part of their work activities must learn about the hazard information for these products. The hazard information should include the information received from the supplier, as well as any other information that the employer is aware of about the use, storage and handling of each product.

As an example, this education and training will include all workers who:

  • May be exposed to a hazardous product due to their work activities (including normal use, maintenance activities, or emergencies).
  • Use, store, handle or dispose of a hazardous product.
  • Supervise or manage workers who may be exposed, or use, store, handle or dispose of a hazardous product.
  • Are involved in emergency response.

Employers will continue to:

  • educate and train workers on the hazards and safe use of hazardous products in the workplace;
  • ensure that hazardous products are properly labelled;
  • prepare workplace labels and SDSs (as necessary); and,
  • ensure appropriate control measures are in place to protect the health and safety of workers.

Workers will continue to:

  • participate in WHMIS and chemical safety training programs;
  • take necessary steps to protect themselves and their co-workers; and,
  • participate in identifying and controlling hazards.

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