Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Training

WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a Canada-wide system designed to protect workers by giving them important information about hazardous products and materials in their workplace.

If your workplace has hazardous products, then you will need to complete WHMIS training and education as per the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) 5.6 & 5.7. 

This course investigates WHMIS fundamentals, legislation, proper use of labeling, product warning identifiers, description and understanding of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), worker training requirements and supplier, employer and worker responsibilities.

Learning modules are designed in consideration of WorkSafeBC regulatory requirements for training new members and are relevant to all BC industries.

Students will need to complete all course elements (Learning Component and Quiz) to be able to download their certificate of completion.


Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required. 


Goals and Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide the learner with an overview of the WHMIS system, including legislation, hazards, pictograms, labels, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and WHMIS program requirements. 

Course Outcomes 

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to: 

  • Explain what WHMIS is, its relevant legislation, and how the WHMIS system works 
  • Explain the types of hazards, and how they are classified and categorized in WHMIS 
  • Explain what a pictogram is and where to find pictograms used in WHMIS 
  • Describe the difference between supplier and workplace labels 
  • Read the information contained in an SDS 
  • Explain the employer and workers responsibilities and the training requirements in a WHMIS program 
  • What is WHMIS? 
  • How hazardous products are classified 
  • Pictograms 
  • Labels 
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Putting WHMIS into action  

This course was designed for:

  • Workers
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • JHSC members or Worker Health and Safety Representatives

This course is a requirement for all employers and workers who have hazardous products used, stored, or handled at their workplace as per OHSR 5.3. 


For the best course experience, we recommend a wired Internet connection and a recently updated Internet browser on a  desktop or tablet.
This course can be viewed on a smart phone however it has only been optimized for tablet and desktop computers.

This self-paced course will take about 2 hours to complete. Students do not need complete the entire course in one sitting as the self-paced course format allows them to continue from wherever they left off.

There is a written assessment for this course but no practical assessmentUpon successful completion of all course lessons and the written assessment, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. 



Your training costs may be eligible for partial reimbursement through the B.C. Employer Training Grant. Find out here.

Eligible toward the requirements for Joint Health and Safety Committee training for new members or annual training in British Columbia; may be eligible in other jurisdictions as well.


Register for online WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System eLearning training online through our Learning Centre. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accessible from any computer, laptop, tablet with internet access.

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