Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials

What are hazardous materials?

Hazardous materials are chemicals or physical agents regulated under the provisions of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Regulations (TDG) legislation. These are dangerous products that may cause short- or long-term health problems or damage to the environment.

Hazardous materials are a fact of life in many workplaces, and if handled incorrectly, could cause injuries, illnesses or fatalities. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), 23,789 workers suffered lost-time injuries related to chemical exposure during 1999 to 2008. When employees and employers are aware of the hazards around them and know how to take necessary precautions, the risk of an injury, illness or fatality is significantly minimized.

 

What the law says

WHMIS applies to all workplaces governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The overall purpose of WHMIS is to help ensure a safer and healthier workplace. Please refer to the WHMIS topic page for additional information about this regulation.

There are also responsibilities under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Regulations for companies that ship, handle or receive dangerous goods. People who handle, ship, carry or receive dangerous goods must be fully qualified, trained and certified for their work.

 

How hazardous materials can affect your business

Most workplaces use one or more hazardous materials and these materials have the capability of causing serious illness, potential death to your workers, and serious impact on the environment. Explosions, fires and spills may also occur resulting in catastrophic loss to buildings, equipment and supplies. The human and financial toll of improper handling, storage and disposal could be severe.

 

What you can do

Make sure that your workplace has a WHMIS program in place and that your employees have been properly trained on how to use and store these controlled substances. If your company ships, receives or carries dangerous goods, ensure that you are compliant with TDG and that your workers are fully qualified, trained and certified to do this work. Contact your health and safety provider for information about the WHMIS and/or TDG training they offer.

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day awareness course shows you what your responsibilities are under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations.
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$139.50

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

NEW! Worker training in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 / GHS

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WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

WHMIS 2015: Train the Trainer

NEW! This 1-day course qualifies participants and equips them with everything they need to deliver in-house, instructor-led, WHMIS 2015 training to workers.

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$899.00

E-Courses

Compressed Gas (English) (1 hour)

Compressed Gas (English) (1 hour)


Learn about the hazards associated with the storage and handling of compressed gases, and how you can work with them safely using industry-proven best practices.
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$49.00

Compressed Gas (French) (1 hour)

Compressed Gas (French) (1 hour)

Learn about the hazards associated with the storage and handling of compressed gases, and how you can work with them safely using industry-proven best practices.
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$49.00

TDG for Carriers (English) (5.5 hours)

TDG for Carriers (English) (5.5 hours)

The six modules in this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that carriers must know.
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$129.00

TDG for Carriers (French) (5.5 hours)

TDG for Carriers (French) (5.5 hours)

The six modules in this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that carriers must know.
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$129.00

TDG for Consignors / Consignees (English) (5 hours)

TDG for Consignors / Consignees (English) (5 hours)

The five modules in this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that consignors and consignees must know.
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$129.00

TDG for Consignors / Consignees (French) (5 hours)

TDG for Consignors / Consignees (French) (5 hours)

The five modules in this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that consignors and consignees must know.
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$129.00

TDG: An Overview (English) (1.5 hours)

TDG: An Overview (English) (1.5 hours)

This course provides an overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) system and helps promote awareness and good practice in all aspects of the TDG.
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$49.00

TDG: An Overview (French) (1.5 hours)

TDG: An Overview (French) (1.5 hours)

This course provides an overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) system and helps promote awareness and good practice in all aspects of the TDG.
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$49.00

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (English) (7.5 hours)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (English) (7.5 hours)

This course consists of eight modules that provide detailed descriptions of all aspects of the TDG system.
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$169.00

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (French) (7.5 hours)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (French) (7.5 hours)

This course consists of eight modules that provide detailed descriptions of all aspects of the TDG system.
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$169.00

Self-paced Training

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program - Additional Print Package

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program - Additional Print Package

Additional print package for the WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program.
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$59.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program (DVD)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program (DVD)

This cost-effective and flexible self-paced program allows you to train workers on WHMIS 2015 at your convenience.
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$299.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program (USB)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers Self-Paced Training Program (USB)

NEW! This cost-effective and flexible self-paced program allows you to train workers on WHMIS 2015 at your convenience.

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$299.00

Reference Products

Chemical Storage Sign - pkg of 3

Chemical Storage Sign - pkg of 3

11” x 11” Chemical Storage sign meets “Sign G” requirements in O. Reg 63/09 - Notice and Warning Signs for pesticide storage.
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$20.00

Downloads

Battery Safety

Battery Safety

Lead-acid batteries can produce explosive mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen gases when they are being charged.  This guideline helps you understand the hazards and control the risks.
242 KB pdf
Carbon Monoxide in the Workplace

Carbon Monoxide in the Workplace

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a leading cause of chemical poisoning in both the workplace and the home.  This guide will provide basic information about carbon monoxide, its hazards, detection and control.
993 KB pdf
Chemical Safety

Chemical Safety

Chemical safety tips for workers.
504 KB PDF
Flammable Liquids Storage

Flammable Liquids Storage

This guideline is designed to help you store flammable liquids safely in industrial workplaces where they are for incidental use or in closed containers. 
232 KB pdf
Hazard: WHMIS General Information (symbols)

Hazard: WHMIS General Information (symbols)

General WHIMIS information including comparison of 1988 symbols and 2015 pictograms, and 1988 and 2015 Labels.
346 KB PDF
Job Aid - Biohazards in Retail

Job Aid - Biohazards in Retail

Biohazard awareness in the retail sector.
459 KB PDF
Job Aid - Chemical Burns

Job Aid - Chemical Burns

Get hazard awareness information relating to chemical burns in the workplace.
616 KB PDF
Job Aid - Chemicals

Job Aid - Chemicals

"Chemicals are hazardous products, materials, and/or substances used, handled, stored or disposed of in workplaces, learn more."
580 KB PDF
Job Aid - Cylinder

Job Aid - Cylinder

Learn about hazards that can arise from cylinders.
691 KB PDF
Job Aid - Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

Job Aid - Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

There are many different hazards that can occur working with hybrid vehicle batteries. Use our Job Aid to learn more.
577 KB PDF
Job Aid - Janitorial Cleaning Cart

Job Aid - Janitorial Cleaning Cart

There are many hazards that can arise when using janitorial cleaning carts, learn more.
830 KB PDF
Job Aid - Lab Equipment

Job Aid - Lab Equipment

Lab equipment hazard awareness information.
649 KB PDF
Job Aid - Servicing of Landfill Compactors

Job Aid - Servicing of Landfill Compactors

This Job Aid will help you become more aware of the hazards associated with servicing landfill compactors.
820 KB PDF
Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety

Because of the nature of laboratory operations, and the type of equipment used, the results of exposure to these hazards may be more serious.
473 KB pdf
Physical Demands Analysis (Instruction)

Physical Demands Analysis (Instruction)

This is an instruction to help you with completing the "Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)".

733 KB pdf
Removing Parts with an Oxyacetylene Torch

Removing Parts with an Oxyacetylene Torch

Removing parts with an oxyacetylene torch puts you at risk from welding fumes, flames, and compressed gases, as well as from sharp edges in the parts and from having to work at an awkward posture.
270 KB pdf
Servicing and Storing Compressed Gas Cylinders

Servicing and Storing Compressed Gas Cylinders

This guideline explains the hazards associated with the servicing and storage of compressed gas cylinders and provides safe work guidelines to avoid risk of injury.
271 KB pdf
Work-Related Asthma and You: Cleaning Products

Work-Related Asthma and You: Cleaning Products

Developed in cooperation with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc., this guideline provides information about work-related asthma, cleaning products than can trigger work-aggravated asthma, who may be at risk, and ways to work safely with cleaning products.
268 KB pdf
Work-Related Asthma: Preventing Work-Related Asthma in the Cleaning Industry

Work-Related Asthma: Preventing Work-Related Asthma in the Cleaning Industry

Developed in cooperation with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc., this booklet is designed to help employers and joint health and safety committees to recognize work-related asthma, put into place general strategies to help prevent work-related asthma and to know when, where and how to get professional help.
598 KB pdf

Articles

Lockout: follow this 6 step template

Lockout: follow this 6 step template

The key to preventing lockout incidents, says WSPS consultant Michael Wilson, is understanding which hazardous energies you are dealing with. Up to eight potential sources must be controlled before a worker can safely carry out maintenance and repair tasks.

Mar 15, 2017
12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour inspectors will fan out across the province, visiting workplaces to check records, observe, and ask questions about their chemical handling practices.

Jul 29, 2016
Ontario's New WHMIS regulation: 2 key changes, plus implementation tips

Ontario's New WHMIS regulation: 2 key changes, plus implementation tips

As of July 1, Ontario moved one step closer to full alignment with WHMIS 2015, the new national standard for classifying, labelling and communicating information about hazardous products in the workplace. This was the day on which amendments to Ontario's WHMIS Regulation came into force - amendments that affect your workplace. We can help you understand the changes and start complying.

Jul 29, 2016
WHMIS 2015: 4 top training questions from employers

WHMIS 2015: 4 top training questions from employers

Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) changed on February 11, 2015 to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This new WHMIS is called "WHMIS 2015" and the original version is now referred to as "WHMIS 1988."

Mar 03, 2016
Carbon monoxide: 5 ways you and your JHSC can protect everyone against this deadly hazard

Carbon monoxide: 5 ways you and your JHSC can protect everyone against this deadly hazard

"Protecting ourselves from carbon monoxide exposure requires year-round vigilance, but especially now," says WSPS occupational hygienist Ilma Bhunnoo. "In the summer, fresh air from open doors and windows can supplement our ventilation systems. But now that we all keep those door and windows closed against the cold, carbon monoxide from a variety of sources may build up to dangerous levels."

Jan 12, 2016
Lung transplant cases cause for alarm over workplace toxins: 7 steps to protect workers

Lung transplant cases cause for alarm over workplace toxins: 7 steps to protect workers

A series of disturbing research results highlights the need for vigilance in preventing workplace exposure to toxics substances. Last month, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health issued an alert on exposure to silica1. The alert was triggered by reports of silicosis among 45 workers who make or install stone countertops. Ten required lung transplants.

Mar 06, 2015

Videos

Nanotechnology Standards & Implications

Nanotechnology Standards & Implications

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Brian Hayden
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) – Renzo Dalla Via

The session provided information on the many International Standards Organization (ISO) (Technical Committee 229) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) (Technical Committee 113) international standards for nanotechnologies under development collectively by 44 member countries, including Canada.
Jun 10, 2011