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Does your Manitoba company need re-training for WHMIS?

If you receive a strong sales pitch from a workplace training company, you are not alone! CFIB members across Canada are hearing from training companies who often claim they are calling on behalf of government, and use a change in legislation as an opportunity to sell training.

Before you agree to buy, contact a CFIB Business Counsellor for help that is available free of charge with your CFIB membership! We can explain how WHMIS has changed and discuss what it means for your company.

Changes to WHMIS

On June 1, 2015, Health Canada aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), an internationally recognized structure that will help Canada move to a global standard. Anyone previously trained on WHMIS will need new training on GHS. 

WHMIS and your workplace

WHMIS/GHS is a legal requirement to protect employees working with hazardous materials. Check the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) classes of hazardous materials list. If your staff work with any of these hazardous materials, you need to plan for new WHMIS/GHS training.

Training Options

If you need training, CFIB encourages you to consider online VuBIZ training for your employees. A free course can be found under ‘Health & Safety’ or ‘Compliance.’ It is also a topic in the Small Business Health and Safety Certificate, which costs $69/student. Need technical help with VuBIZ? Contact [email protected].

Other training options include SafeWork ManitobaSafety Services Manitoba or private training companies such as the one who may have called your business.