Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
WHMIS

Workplaces that have hazardous materials, such as chemicals, must comply with regulations regarding WHMIS (workplace hazardous materials information system) to ensure the safe use, handling, storage and disposal of these materials in the workplace.

This program should include:

  • Inventory of hazardous materials
  • Safety Data Sheets for all hazardous materials
  • Hazard identification/risk assessment
  • Adequate safe work procedures for use, handling, storage, disposal and labelling of these materials, as well as emergency response procedures
  • Training and supervision of all workers who are at risk of exposure to these hazardous materials
Basic Training
Course
Available by e-Learning
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.
WHMIS Resources and Tools
WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) was created to protect workers from chemical exposure; however, many we can find many of the same chemicals used in the workplace in our homes. Although these household chemicals do not display the WHMIS symbols that you may be familiar with, they are just as dangerous and can cause […]
We have chemicals in our homes and in our workplaces.  Have you ever thought about the life cycle of chemicals? How we buy, store, use and dispose of chemicals.  What laws are in place to control their use—and if we spill a chemical, who do we have to call?  Can you throw old chemicals into […]
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Toolbox Talk
When dealing with hazardous products in Canada (in-use, handling, storage) you need a WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) program. WHMIS is aligned with the GHS – the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. This is a global program developed by the United Nations.
Hazardous materials may cause serious health problems in workers or fires or explosions in the workplace. WHMIS provides information on hazardous products, as defined and described in the federalHazardous Products Actand Hazardous Products Regulations, so workers can protect themselves. While WHMIS was updated in 2015, responsibilities for employers, workers, and others remain unchanged.