Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHMIS Online Training

Workplaces in Ontario and other jurisdictions across Canada have begun to transition from original WHMIS to Globally-Harmonized (GHS) WHMIS. They must finish this transition no later than December, 2018.

The purpose of GHS is to standardize information about hazardous products and how it is communicated to workers on a global scale. This includes new hazard classes, pictograms, labels and safety data sheets. Employers must obtain this information from their suppliers and ensure worker access to it. They also have an obligation to provide WHMIS training in the new system, regardless of whether workers were trained in the old system.

To help workplaces seeking to comply quickly with new WHMIS training obligations, the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has developed an online WHMIS training program entitled, Globally-Harmonized WHMIS E-Class. Intended for workers, supervisors and managers, this highly interactive program offers a comparative overview of original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS requirements.

Like all WHSC programs, this online WHMIS training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is engaging, relevant and achieved. Such is the difference between our program and other free WHMIS training programs, which are not training at all, but merely online information.

E-class access keys can be activated any time after purchase. Once activated, by entering the course, you have unlimited e-class access for 30 days.

Upon successful completion of the online WHMIS class, related activities and a 30-minute, real-time session with an instructor and other participants, WHSC issues a WHMIS certificate of training and maintains student records for any future requirement.

NOTE: WHSC offers in-class WHMIS training in both English and French. To learn more, call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a WHSC Training Services representative. Also, to fully comply with Globally-Harmonized WHMIS requirements, employers will need to develop and implement a workplace-specific education and training program, including safe work procedures. WHSC can help with this too.

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