The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, commonly referred to as WHMIS, is a Canada wide system that establishes requirements to ensure that employers train and give their employees correct information about the hazards chemicals found in the workplace. The System also provides information about the standard classification criteria that is used for products that are sold, produced, imported, or used in workplaces throughout Canada.”
Compliant with the workers “right to know”, WHMIS outlines certain responsibilities for suppliers, employers, and workers themselves. Suppliers that are importing a product into Canada which is a controlled under WHMIS legislation must ensure that they label the product or container and provide the correct (M)SDS to their customers. The (M)SDSs that are provided must explain the hazard of the product. Employers have the responsibility to educate and train their employees about the hazards found in their workplace. Employers must also ensure that products are correctly labelled and all (M)SDSs are available for workers.
Under WHMIS, workers are expected to participate in training programs and apply what they have learned when they work with hazardous materials. Workers are also responsible for immediately informing their employers when the labels on hazardous materials containers are not legible or have been removed.
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