Workers Health & Safety Centre

New WHMIS obligations…act now with WHSC e-training

Register today for WHSC Globally-harmonized WHMIS training to ensure your workplace moves closer to compliance with changing WHMIS obligations.

Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, commonly known as WHMIS, is designed to provide workers 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.*

Workplaces in Ontario and other jurisdictions across Canada have begun to transition from original WHMIS to globally-harmonized (GHS) WHMIS.

In response, the WHSC has developed an e-learning program entitled Globally-harmonized WHMIS. Intended for those previously trained in WHMIS, this program offers a comparative overview of original WHMIS and new information and communication requirements after GHS harmonization.

Like all WHSC programs, this new e-training program applies adult learning principles with leading edge online learning tools to help ensure learning is engaging, relevant and achieved. All participants will benefit from a real-time e-learning session as well.

The purpose of GHS is to standardize, on a global scale, the hazardous product communication system. Examples of changes include:
  • new hazard classification rules and hazard classes,
  • safety data sheets (SDSs—16 section format) replacing MSDSs (9 section format),
  • new content requirements on labels including standard signal words (warning or danger), pictograms and both a hazard and precautionary statement,
  • pictograms replacing hazard symbols (and are required on SDSs and labels), and
  • new SDS and label updating requirements.
With these changes, employers will still be legally required to:
  • ensure hazardous materials are properly labelled,
  • ensure safety data sheets (SDSs) are current and accessible to workers,
  • ensure worker health and safety is protected, and
  • provide workers with general and workplace-specific training relating to hazardous materials.

In terms of training obligations here in Ontario, the law requires that training result in the workers being able to use the information to protect their health and safety [s. 7(3), WHMIS Reg.]. Of course this is the aim of WHSC’s new Globally-Harmonized WHMIS e-Class as well.
Register today for WHSC’s Globally-Harmonized WHMIS e-Class.
Be sure to download WHSC-developed GHS/WHMIS resources as well.

Globally-harmonized WHMIS e-training product sheet
Transitioning to Globally-harmonized WHMIS: An Overview
Globally-harmonized WHMIS wallet card

Want additional information about Globally-harmonized WHMIS training or how the WHSC can help your workplace comply with other training obligations mandated by health and safety law?

Call:    1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training service representative

*Note: The government has not yet changed related laws here in Ontario. The changes and the compliance transition period, however, are expected to follow that established by the federal government.