Workers Health & Safety Centre

Labour-sponsored GHS WHMIS training scheduled in Niagara region

Labour-sponsored GHS WHMIS training scheduled in Niagara region
Register today to ensure your seat at an upcoming training session exploring the many recent changes to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, commonly known as WHMIS, is designed to provide workers (and other workplace parties) with information about hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. Changes to federal WHMIS-related law, and supporting provincial and territorial regulation, are altering the way this information is delivered.
The new Globally Harmonized (GHS) WHMIS training, developed by the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC), offers an overview of these changes including new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. For instance, newly designed safety data sheets (SDSs) will replace MSDSs while the use hazard symbols will be replaced by pictograms.
WHAT: WHSC Globally Harmonized WHMIS Training
WHEN: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am to noon
WHERE: 1 Ormond St., Thorold, Niagara Regional Labour Council
WHO: Workers and worker representatives
COST: $40.00

Training participants will discuss the significant employer obligations including the requirement to transition from original WHMIS to GHS WHMIS by December 1, 2018. To achieve this, for instance, employers will be required to ensure hazardous products in the workplace meet the new labelling requirements and that new SDSs are readily available to workers and members of joint health and safety committees or worker representatives. 

Equally important, employers are still legally required to meet general and workplace-specific WHMIS training obligations. In fact, during the transition period, they must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS. GHS WHMIS can become the sole focus of worker training only when all products with the original WHMIS labels and MSDSs are no longer used in the workplace (which must be the case by December 1, 2018).

This training opportunity, sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council, offers a unique learning environment for workers and their representatives to review the changes to WHMIS and explore strategies to pursue workplace actions needed to eliminate or reduce exposure to hazardous materials.

Want to know more about this February 3, 2018 GHS WHMIS training opportunity or to register?

Download: GHS WHMIS Training

Email: Sue Hotte,
Want to know more about GHS WHMIS from WHSC?

Want additional information about WHSC Globally Harmonized or Original WHMIS training or want further clarification about the transition to GHS WHMIS?

Call:    1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training service representative
The WHSC offers many other labour activist training programs along with hazard-specific training programs and resources to help empower workers and their representatives.