Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

What is WHMIS?whmis-training3-dangerous-goods-training-center

The Workplace hazardous materials information system has been in use in Canada since 1988. WHMIS is Canada’s national hazard communication standard. WHMIS is enforced through federal and provincial laws. These legislations require Canadian suppliers (including importers and distributors) to supply safety data sheets and labels for all hazardous products sold or distributed to be used in a Canadian workplace.

In Quebec, the Commission de la santé et sécurité au travail (CNESST) is the regulatory agency.

The philosophy behind WHMIS is simple: it is the employee’s right to know what hazards he/she is exposed to when using hazardous products but at the same time, allow the supplier to keep certain information confidential.


Who must be trained?

All Canadwhmis-training-2-dangerous-goods-training-centerian workers (shop workers, welders, restaurant personnel, janitorial staff etc.) who could be exposed (directly or indirectly) to hazardous materials (solvents, aerosols, acids, cleaning agents etc.) must be trained.


Note: Our WHMIS courses have been verified by the CNESST.

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