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Health Canada has decided to align the WHMIS system with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
What is the Globalized Harmonized System?
The Globalized Harmonized System is an internationally recognized system that that will help Canadian business comply with the global cclassification and labelling of hazardous chemicals. The goal is to have a worldwide standard set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world.
Which of my employees are required to take this training?
Your employees who have previously been trained on the WHMIS system will now need to upgrade their skills with the GHS training. Every Canadian jurisdiction requires GHS training to protect workers who work with hazardous materials. Instruction on requirements for labels and data sheets, information on how products may affect workers' health or safety, and training in safe work procedures are necessary. Please review the Health Canada website for information on WHMIS after GHS.
A company wants me to buy their WHMIS training. Is this my only option?
As a CFIB member, you and your employees have access to a free WHMIS training through Vubiz our partner and online training platform. Our WHMIS training through Vubiz is a good starting point. To set-up your account and access the training see our: Vubiz Online training Platform
Are there any resources that can help me understand the new requirements?
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is currently offering a webinar on these changes to WHMIS.
Other resources for WHMIS/GHS are also available, check out these resources:
When must I comply with the new WHMIS training regulations?
Specific WHMIS education and training is regulated by provincial/territorial governments. The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to extend the transition period to June 1, 2018 for GHS. Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer is involved in the transition.