Canada has implemented WHMIS 2015.  The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (or GHS) for workplace chemicals and WHMIS 1988.

The current roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers remain unchanged in WHMIS 2015. Suppliers still provide labels and SDSs to customers, Employers still ensure that up-to-date SDSs are readily available to workers as well as provide worker education and training, Workers still participate in WHMIS training programs.

WHMIS 2015 has already started in Canadian workplaces. Some workplaces think they have until 2018 to start training. Workers actually need to be educated and trained now before they use a hazardous product with a WHMIS 2015 label and SDS. Workers need to understand what the new Pictograms mean and where to find information they need in the new 16-section SDS.

As long as there are products with WHMIS 1988 labels and MSDSs in your workplace, workers will also need to understand WHMIS 1988. This means that any new workers will need training on both systems. Once you no longer have products with WHMIS 1988 labels and MSDSs in the workplace, you will no longer need to train on WHMIS 1988.

During the transition from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide appropriate education and training for their workers. This is where we come in. We offer a half-day program  that covers the basics of WHMIS 2015 and a full-day course for new employees that covers both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015.

For Course Costs and Course Outline , please click on the link. For additional information please contact us:

Edmonton @ (780)988-0694 or by email: info@principlesafety.ca.