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).

Downloads

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 - Car Wash Detailing

Job Aid - Car Wash Detailing

Car wash detailing can result in a number of different hazards. Use our Job Aid to raise your awareness.
635 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 - Emissions

Job Aid - Emissions

Use our Job Aid to learn about hazards posed by emissions.
717 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
Safety Check: Chemical Safety

Safety Check: Chemical Safety

Chemical safety tips for workers.
504 KB PDF
Safety Check: Welding Safety

Safety Check: Welding Safety

Welding safety tips for workers.
483 KB PDF
Ventilation

Ventilation

Ventilation is a primary engineering control available to reduce the concentration of gases, dusts, vapours, smoke, and fumes in the air.
377 KB pdf
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.
468 KB 

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).

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 (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 (1988) for Managers and Supervisors in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) WHMIS (1988) 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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$15.00

(ON) WHMIS (1988) for Workers in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) WHMIS (1988) for Workers in Ontario (1 hour)

Learn WHMIS requirements - WHMIS symbols, their meanings, labels, and MSDSs - in this introductory course.
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$15.00

(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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

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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$15.00

Self-paced Training

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

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 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

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