Workers have a right to know about the hazards that may come with the products they use
HAMILTON — Attention small manufacturers adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and WHMIS 2015! There are tools available to help you navigate the transition thanks to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada.
WHMIS 2015 includes new harmonized criteria and requirements, but the roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers have not changed.
CCOHS, the not-for-profit federal department that promotes health and safety in the workplace, reminds employers that workers have a right to know about the hazards that may come with the products they use.
Ensure there’s training in place that reviews the hazardous products in your workplace and safe work procedures. Employers are responsible for doing the following:
• Communicate the hazard through SDS and labels.
• Update labels and SDS when new data becomes available
• Provide confidential business information to a health professional in the event of an emergency.
What has changed for companies are the obligations to retain the appropriate level of documentation, names and criteria for the hazard classes, how labels look and what’s required on the safety data sheets.
Here are some resources to help keep your employees aware:
WHMIS After GHS: An Introduction
An overview of the expected changes to WHMIS after GHS. Participants will learn about the expected impacts of these changes for chemical suppliers and employers.
WHMIS 2015 for Workers
WHMIS system education for workers with an exam and a certificate.
WHMIS.org: Canada’s National WHMIS Portal
This is a single point of access to the most current information about WHMIS 2015 from all of the jurisdictions across Canada. The website also contains helpful tools and resources for workers, employers, suppliers and trainers.
WHMIS 2015 Online Fact Sheets
WHMIS 2015 Pictograms
WHMIS 2015 Fact Sheet Posters