Education and training must be provided to all workers who:

  • May be exposed to a hazardous product due to their work activities (including normal use, maintenance activities, or emergencies).
  • Use, store, handle or dispose of a hazardous product.
  • Supervise or manage workers who may be exposed, or use, store, handle or dispose of a hazardous product.
  • Are involved in emergency response.


Trainers and employers should be aware that education and training requirements are defined by your jurisdictional occupational health and safety regulations.

Education and Training

Education teaches workers the principles of WHMIS, and the meaning of the information on labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). 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 (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)