CCOHS offers online courses to help with transitioning to WHMIS 2015

Update for information systems aimed at handling chemicals safely must be in place by December 2018

HAMILTON — Manufacturers transitioning to WHMIS 2015 for working safely with chemicals can access online training help from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

The original Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) became law in 1988 and is identified as WHMIS 1988.

The federal workplace safety organization has developed two courses for organizations shifting to WHMIS 2015, which aligns Canada’s workplace hazard communication system with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The multi-year transition plan began Feb. 11, 2015 and ends for most jurisdictions on Dec. 1, 2018.

CCOHS says the courses were developed by subject specialists and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure unbiased, credible content and approach.

WHMIS 2015 For Managers and Supervisors will help participants understand their duties and responsibilities under the WHMIS 2015 legislation. The course covers the new hazard classes, pictograms and their meanings; the types of information provided on supplier and workplace labels; and how to control and reduce the dange dangers of working with hazardous chemicals.

WHMIS 2015: Understanding SDSs explains the purpose of safety data sheets (SDSs) and the information contained in them. It provides a thorough explanation and fulfills requirements for education on safety data sheet content and meaning.

More information on CCOHS education and training programs, including webinars, e-courses and podcasts, can be found at

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