A comprehensive framework of information and procedures that serves to guide and protect the health and safety of workers in the workplace. The initial WHMIS Canada legislature came into full effect in 1988, providing to workers the education and training needed to safely handle, store, and dispose of hazardous products and chemicals in the workplace. WHMIS Canada legislation is federally implemented, on a national level, and judicially coordinated, at the provincial and territorial level. WHMIS Canada mandates its supplier requirements within these specific federal acts and regulations:
- Hazardous Products Act (HPA)
- Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR)
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA)
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations (HMIRR)
- Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) – references WHMIS 1988, but is now repealed
WHMIS Canada’s workplace safety program is an integral part of both attaining/maintaining employment in the Canadian workforce. Employers are legally obliged to ensure that their employees have had adequate WHMIS training; employees, on the other hand, are expected to take this training and apply what they have learned, each and every time they step foot in the workplace. The HPA and HPR work in conjunction with one another: to provide an in-depth breakdown of hazardous product identification and classification procedures; to expand upon the contingencies of (Material) Safety Data Sheet (SDS, in WHMIS 2015) and label requirements; and to adequately educate and train employees about safe practices in the workplace. The educational aspect of WHMIS fosters an individual’s knowledge on the key informational elements of chemical labels, and SDS’s; this includes background knowledge on WHMIS, the various hazard classes, symbols associated with the dangers of hazardous products, and the various sections included in the MSDS/SDS. The training portion of WHMIS, ensures that workers are well-equipped to apply their knowledge, if and when confronted with dangerous workplace hazards. Completion of WHMIS Canada training provides the employee with preparative tools such that they can safely use, store, handle and dispose of controlled or hazardous products in their workplace.
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