GHS WHMIS 2015
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- Class SizeMinimum 6 - 25 Maximum
- Duration3 - 4 Hours
STS provides instructor facilitated WHMIS training which covers the generic principals as well as specific client needs.
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Target Audience: All employees, management, supervisors, safety representatives and JHSC members
Legislation: Occupational Health and Safety Act s. 42 (3), Ont. Reg. 851 Regulation for Industrial Establishments s. 130, Ont. Reg. 860 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) s. 6(1)
- Excerpt taken from the Occupational Health and Safety Act
S. 42. (1) In addition to providing information and instruction to a worker as required by clause 25 (2) (a), an employer shall ensure that a worker exposed or likely to be exposed to a hazardous material or to a hazardous physical agent receives, and that the worker participates in, such instruction and training as may be prescribed.
- Excerpt taken from the Industrial Establishments
S. 130. A worker who may be exposed to a biological, chemical or physical agent that may endanger the worker’s safety or health shall be trained.
- Excerpt taken from the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
S. 6. (1) An employer shall ensure that a worker who works with or in proximity to a controlled product received from a supplier is informed about all hazard information the employer receives from the supplier concerning the controlled product and all further hazard information of which the employer is or ought to be aware concerning its use, storage and handling.
Course Overview: In February 2015, Health Canada released WHMIS 2015 based on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Canadian employers and suppliers of chemical products will be required to transition to the new WHIMS rules. With the implementation of the GHS, the WHIMIS systems has undergone significant changes to hazard criteria, classification processes, label elements and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). This course has been designed to provide participants with a solid comprehension of the GHS and the impact it has on the WHMIS System. It will allow individuals to implement the new rules, in turn improving hazard communication linked to regulated chemical products.
- Legislative Standards
- Employer, Worker and Supplier Responsibilities/Duties
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Consumer Hazard Symbol Identification and Classification
- Health Hazards
- Supplier and Workplace Labels
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Control Methods of Hazardous Substances and Storage
- Spill Control
Evaluation: In-Class Practical Exercises and Written Assessment
Certification: Wallet Card
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the GHS?
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed upon system for standardizing the classification of chemicals through labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The GHS is not a regulation however Canada has adopted the GHS criteria and implementing them through their WHMIS system.
2. What is WHMIS?
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System is a Canada-wide system designed to give employers and workers information about hazardous materials used in the workplace.
3. How has the GHS impacted WHMIS?
Hazard criteria, classification processes, label elements and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) requirements within WHMIS have been modified to be consistent with the harmonized elements of the GHS.
4. How is the GHS improve the WHMIS system?
The new system is a consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information which will increase worker and consumer safety, reduce costs, ease regulatory compliance as well as facilitate trade between countries.
5. What are the transition timelines for compliance to WHMIS 2015?
The implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (WHMIS 2015) will take place over a three-stage transition period that is synchronized nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. Implementation of the WHMIS 2015 will take place over a three-stage transition period.
Phase 1 – By no later than May 31, 2017
- Suppliers (including Manufacturers, Importers, and Distributors) of Hazardous Products will be required to be WHMIS 2015 compliant.
Phase 2 – By no later than May 31, 2018
- All suppliers and employers must be in full compliance of WHMIS 2015.
- All new employees without an existing WHMIS certificate must be trained on WHMIS 2015 no later than May 31, 2018.
- All existing employees who currently have a valid WHMIS certificate must be trained on WHMIS 2015 no later than December 1, 2018.
Phase 3 – By no later than December 1, 2018
- All suppliers, employers, and employees MUST be in full compliance with WHMIS 2015.
6. What is the scope of GHS?
The GHS covers all hazardous chemicals most of which have been adopted into WHMIS 2015. The target audience for the GHS includes employers, suppliers, workers, transport workers, emergency responders and consumers.
7. Which products from the GHS are not covered under WHMIS 2015?
WHMIS 2015 does not include:
- Explosives as defined in the Explosives Act.
- Cosmetic, device, drug or food as defined in the Food and Drugs Act.
- Pest control products as defined in the Pest Control Products Act.
- Consumer products as defined in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.
- Wood or products made of wood.
- Nuclear substances within the meaning of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, that are radioactive.
- Hazardous waste being a hazardous product that is sold for recycling or recovery and is intended for disposal.
- Tobacco and tobacco products as defined in the Tobacco Act.
- Manufactured articles.
8. Have employer, supplier and worker roles and responsibilities changed under WHMIS 2015?
The current roles and responsibilities for employers, suppliers and workers have not changed under WHMIS 2015.