Trainers provide workers with education and training essential to understanding:
- How the WHMIS system works
- How to identify hazards
- How to work safely
Education and training can be provided by the employer or by a consultant working on the employer's behalf.
WHMIS has changed. The new program, WHMIS 2015, incorporates the GHS. There are new hazard classes and new standardized requirements for labels and safety data sheets.
Trainers should be aware that education and training will be defined in WHMIS occupational health and safety regulations once they are updated.
Education and Training
Education teaches workers the principles of WHMIS, and the meaning of the information on labels and safety data sheets (SDSs formerly MSDSs). Generic WHMIS education can apply to any workplace. WHMIS education and training must also include workplace-specific training.
Education topics include:
- WHMIS background (purpose, legislation, rights and responsibilities)
- Hazardous products (formerly Controlled Products) (classes and categories)
- Safety Data Sheets (purpose, required content and significance)
- Labels (supplier and workplace labels - purpose, required content and significance)
- Sources of additional information
Workplace-specific training teaches workers how to work safely with hazardous products at their worksite. Training is specific to a workplace. Training topics include:
- Specific legislation for the workplace jurisdiction and industry
- How to identify hazardous products in the workplace and their hazards
- How to access SDSs
- Site-specific procedures for working safely with hazardous products (e.g., storage, handling, specific personal protective equipment)