2015 WHMIS / GHS
(Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
Table of Contents
1. 2015 WHMIS / GHS Overview
2. 2015 WHMIS Classification
3. 2015 WHMIS Labels
4. 2015 WHMIS / GHS SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
2015 WHMIS / GHS SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
5. 2015 WHMIS / GHS Summary & Quiz
You may Go To WHMIS Quiz
WELCOME TO OUR UPDATED
2015 WHMIS / GHS PROGRAM
No, your employer is not being ridiculous to require that you complete this EDUCATION portion of the 2015 WHMIS program.
We clearly recognize this course may be the "driest" course you have ever had to complete. We also recognize that "dry" as it may be, the information within this course could very well make the difference between you (or a fellow worker) from going home safe and well at the end of your shift - or possibly never going home again!
It is also possible that if you do not learn about the proper and safe way to handle various "Controlled" Hazardous Materials in your workplace - you could "bring" some very dangerous and hazardous substance back home to your family.
We encourage you to "tough it out" and go through ALL the course material.
Please see below the Canadian Time-Line for the transition period.
Possibly - to simplify - think of WHMIS as a communication system. A system to communicate with Suppliers, Employers and Workers, to advise everyone what hazardous material they may be working with.
December 1, 2018
This is a key date. ALL "CONTROLLED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL" MUST by classified and labeled with the "new" WHMIS 2015
Therefore - ALL WORKERS MUST BE EDUCATED AND TRAINED IN THE 2015 WHMIS / GHS PROGRAM BY THIS DATE.
What is W.H.M.I.S.? (1988 and 2015/GHS)
WHMIS, or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System is a Federally created and legislated workplace safety system intended to be used NATION WIDE. WHMIS was formally created in October of 1988 (WHMIS 2015 in February, 2015) and recognizes the workers' right to know what type of HAZARDOUS MATERIALS they may be exposed to on the work site. WHMIS goes further in that this course is designed to educate the worker (employee) and the employer in how to recognize and be safe working with or near HAZARDOUS MATERIALS with the focus of keeping the worker safe at all times.
WHMIS also recognizes there may be "secret ingredients" in various substances and there is a balance within the program to also protect the manufacturer. ("Trade Secrets Act)"
What is G.H.S.? (Global Harmonized System)
G.H.S. is an International hazard identification and rating system. ( ... again, think of it as an International communication system designed to standardize hazardous material classification and labeling.
Canada has adopted and integrated portions of G.H.S. into the new, updated, 2015 WHMIS.
G.H.S. does not replace WHMIS 2015.
WHMIS 2015 has some changes;
Hazardous materials are explained as "controlled products" in the legislation.
These are materials that could result in personal injury, death, or other losses (including asset and structure losses);
Below are just a few examples;
Of Special Note:
IDHL - "Immediately Dangerous to Health and Life
This is an atmosphere where the concentration of oxygen or flammable or toxic air contaminants would cause a person without respiratory protection to be fatally injured or would cause irreversible and incapacitation effects on that person's health."
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