WHMIS

IMPORTANT NOTE: this page focuses on WHMIS / WHMIS 1988. For more information about WHMIS 2015 / GHS visit WHMIS 2015.

WHMISWhat is WHMIS?

WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a Canada-wide system, introduced in 1988 and designed to classify and communicate information about workplace chemical hazards and thereby protect worker health and safety. WHMIS is enacted by laws both at the federal and provincial / territorial levels. In Ontario, WHMIS is enacted by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the WHMIS regulation (Regulation 860).

WHMIS is Changing

WHMIS or WHMIS 1988 (as it now sometimes called) has been updated by GHS. GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The adoption of GHS in Canada is changing WHMIS. This new WHMIS is called WHMIS 2015. For more information about the changes, what they mean to you, and how WSPS can help visit WHMIS 2015.

What the law says

WHMIS legislation specifies duties for suppliers, employers and workers. By law, employers must provide workers with training about the generic components of WHMIS including labels and material safety data sheets. Employers must also provide workplace-specific training to workers so that they know how to safely use, store, handle and dispose of the specific chemicals used in their workplace.

How WHMIS can affect your business

A safe environment is a productive workplace. Health and safety is not simply a legal obligation or the right thing to do - it is a business opportunity. Effective training and processes reduce the cost of avoidable losses, insurance, lost-time injuries, fines and penalties. You can boost your bottom line through reduced injuries, higher productivity and improved health and safety performance.

What you can do

  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of every hazardous material in your workplace.
  • Have a system for assembling information on each of the hazardous materials, including MSDSs, which are provided by your suppliers.
  • Provide training that prepares your staff to recognize and safely work with hazardous materials.

(M)SDS Management Service™

Managing chemical safety and WHMIS compliance just got easier.

Now available through WSPS, the CCOHS online (M)SDS Management Service™ puts all of your material/safety data sheets (M/SDS) in one convenient, secure location for your staff to access anytime. The service also:
  • Keeps your M/SDS current
  • Makes them available anytime to an unlimited number of users
  • Offers choice from an English or French interface
  • Gives you complimentary access to the CCOHS full library of over 400,000 M/SDSs for chemical products and to the CMEMINFO database of comprehensive, practical information on workplace chemicals.

Find out how easy and cost-effective it is to have a customized, current and complete M/SDS collection. Visit: www.wsps.ca/MSDS.

For more information, call 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).

Consulting Services

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Awareness sessions are presentations of up to 2 hours in length delivered at your workplace by WSPS consultants. They are designed to help meet your legal duty to provide information about workplace hazards to employees.


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.

Occupational Hygiene

Occupational Hygiene

 WSPS can provide occupational hygiene services including airborne chemical, physical and biological agent exposure assessments, and indoor air quality exposure assessments. The credentials of our occupational hygienists include Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), recognized worldwide, Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH), the Canada-wide designation in occupational hygiene, and Professional Engineer (P.Eng).

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 (Manufacturing) (1/2 day)

WHMIS (Manufacturing) (1/2 day)

Learn where to find information about controlled products and how to apply that information to protect your health and safety.
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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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E-Courses

(ON) WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors in Ontario (1 hour)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the duties of managers and supervisors.
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$10.00

(ON) WHMIS for Workers in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) WHMIS for Workers in Ontario (1 hour)

Learn WHMIS requirements - WHMIS symbols, their meanings, labels, and MSDSs - in this introductory course.
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$10.00

(ON) WHMIS Refresher in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) WHMIS Refresher in Ontario (1 hour)

This e-course allows you to quickly refresh your WHMIS understanding.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

The course familiarizes people who have supervisory and management responsibilities with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in workplaces.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Managers and Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

The course familiarizes people who have supervisory and management responsibilities with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in workplaces.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Office Environments (English) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Office Environments (English) (1 hour)

This e-course explains common chemical hazards found in office buildings and provides workers in office environments with the core knowledge required to meet legislated WHMIS education requirements.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Office Environments (French) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Office Environments (French) (1 hour)

This e-course explains common chemical hazards found in office buildings and provides workers in office environments with the core knowledge required to meet legislated WHMIS education requirements.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Workers (English) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Workers (English) (1 hour)

The course familiarizes workers with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in their workplaces.
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$10.00

WHMIS for Workers (French) (1 hour)

WHMIS for Workers (French) (1 hour)

The course familiarizes workers with the system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in their workplaces.
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$10.00

WHMIS Refresher (English) (1 hour)

WHMIS Refresher (English) (1 hour)

Created specifically for those who have already had some training on the basic concepts of WHMIS, this e-course allows you to quickly refresh your understanding.
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$10.00

WHMIS Refresher (French) (1 hour)

WHMIS Refresher (French) (1 hour)

Created specifically for those who have already had some training on the basic concepts of WHMIS, this e-course allows you to quickly refresh your understanding.
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$10.00

WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (English) (1.5 hours)

WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (English) (1.5 hours)

This intermediate level course is for users of MSDSs and WHMIS labels to understand their purpose and the information contained in them.
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$10.00

WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (French) (1.5 hours)

WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs (French) (1.5 hours)

This intermediate level course is for users of MSDSs and WHMIS labels to understand their purpose and the information contained in them.
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$10.00

WHMIS After GHS: How Suppliers Can Prepare (French)

WHMIS After GHS: How Suppliers Can Prepare (French)

With the expected implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada, WHMIS will change. As Canadian federal and provincial regulators work toward implementing GHS, chemical suppliers, manufacturers and importers must be prepared to comply with the revised WHMIS rules.
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$0.00

Self-paced Training

WHMIS for Workers Self-Study Training Package

WHMIS for Workers Self-Study Training Package

Workers in manufacturing and related sectors will have a solid understanding of WHMIS.
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$235.75

WHMIS for Workers Additional Print Package

WHMIS for Workers Additional Print Package

Additional Print Package for WHMIS for Workers Self-Study Training Package.
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$38.75

WHMIS Digital

WHMIS Digital

A flexible, cost-effective way to provide proven WHMIS training for employees in the Service Sector industry.
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$19.00

Downloads

Ventilation

Ventilation

Ventilation is a primary engineering control available to reduce the concentration of gases, dusts, vapours, smoke, and fumes in the air.
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WHMIS: General Information and Training

WHMIS: General Information and Training

A WHMIS program is required in all workplaces that may have controlled products.
425 KB PDF
WHMIS: Inventory Form and Instruction

WHMIS: Inventory Form and Instruction

The WHMIS inventory form can be used in your workplace to identify controlled products and assist with the development of workplace-specific WHMIS training programs.
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