Under WHMIS 2015, workers continue to:
- Participate in WHMIS education and training programs.
- Take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their co-workers.
- Participate in identifying and controlling hazards.
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. WHMIS education and training are still required.
Education and Training
Workers require both WHMIS education and worksite specific 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.
Workplace-specific training teaches workers how to work safely with hazardous products at a worksite. Training is specific to a workplace. An inspector may confirm training by asking:
- What are the hazards of this product?
- How do you work safely with this hazardous product (controls, specific personal protective equipment, storage, disposal, etc.)?
- How do you deal with an emergency including an unexpected exposure or spill?
- Where do you get more information about this product?