Human Resources

WHMIS - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

What is WHMIS?

WHMIS is a short form for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in Canadian workplaces. Information is provided by means of product labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS) and worker education programs.

-Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

New WHMIS - time to update your training!

WHMIS training at Western has changed, and if you work or volunteer at Western, you’ll need to get trained up on the latest.

Canada is adopting new international standards - the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This includes Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and a new labelling system that is already appearing on some new chemicals Western labs.

The new WHMIS is called WHMIS 2015 and by December 2018, it will fully replace the old WHMIS (1988).  In the meantime, government regulations require that workers be trained on both the old and new systems, as both are found in the workplace.

At Western this means:

The new training course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Staff who have completed the old version of WHMIS have until August 31, 2016 to complete the NEW training.

Online WHMIS training is on OWL.

More details on WHMIS and other training can be found on the Required Training webpage.

Helpful links:
Read more about WHMIS 2015 in Ontario
Learn more about Western Workplace labels
WHMIS 2015 labels
WHMIS 2015 pictograms
Information on Material Safety Data Sheets