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New e-course prepares workers for WHMIS changes

Canada is aligning with the Globally Harmonized System of classifying and labelling chemicals.


The WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers course is recommended for those who work in plants where chemical products are used.

The WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers course is recommended for those who work in plants where chemical products are used.

HAMILTON  — There’s a new e-course available that will educate workers about the upcoming changes to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) as it aligns with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classifying and labelling chemicals.

GHS will have a common set of rules for classifying hazardous products, common rules for labels and a standard format for safety data sheets.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada, is offering the course free to the first 100,000 participants for up to one year.

CCOHS, a federal government agency based in Hamilton that’s a resource for workplace health and safety, recommends WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers course for those who work in plants where chemical products are used.

Participants who complete the e-course will better understand labels; recognize the pictograms (symbols) and the hazards they represent; identify the hazards represented by each hazard class; and learn how to find additional information about hazards and protective measures on safety data sheets.

The course features case studies, quizzes and an “ask a question” option.

Employers who want to track successful course completions can purchase a multi-user account with automated tracking.

 

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