Workers Health & Safety Centre

Niagara labour community offering new WHSC WHMIS training

Niagara labour community offering new WHSC WHMIS training
Register today to ensure your seat at an upcoming training session exploring the new Globally Harmonized 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.

This training opportunity, sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council, offers a unique learning environment for workers and their representatives to learn about the changes to WHMIS and explore strategies to pursue workplace actions needed to eliminate or reduce exposure to hazardous materials.
WHAT: WHSC Globally Harmonized WHMIS Training
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 am to noon
WHERE: 1 Ormond St., Thorold, Niagara Regional Labour Council
WHO: Workers and worker representatives
COST: $40.00
The Globally Harmonized (GHS) WHMIS training, developed by the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC), offers an overview of 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.

Training participants will also discuss the significant employer obligations including the requirement to transition 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).

Want to know more about the October 21 GHS WHMIS training session or to register?
GHS WHMIS Niagara Training
Email: Email: Sue Hotte,
Want to know more about GHS WHMIS from WHSC?
WHSC GHS WHMIS Training product sheet
Transitioning to Globally-harmonized WHMIS: An Overview
Globally-harmonized WHMIS wallet card
Globally-harmonized WHMIS poster  

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.