CCOHS and WHMB provide resources to help you navigate the transition
December 2, 2015
by PLANT STAFF
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:
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 system education for workers with an exam and a certificate.
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.