Every worker who works with, or in proximity to,1
a hazardous product in the workplace must have Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training. In February 2015, WHMIS was modified to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).The “new” WHMIS is known as WHMIS 2015.WHMIS 2015 Online is based on the current 2015 legislation and meets the legislated requirement for general WHMIS training. Employers must also provide workplace-specific training and instruction for each of the hazardous products in the workplace.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of WHMIS 2015, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the essential role WHMIS plays in protecting the health and safety of
    Canadian workers
  • Identify the WHMIS responsibilities of suppliers, employers, and workers
  • Know the workplace requirements related to the use of supplier labels and workplace
    labels, and how to locate and interpret the information found on these labels
  • Recognize the WHMIS pictograms and the types of hazard each represents
  • Recognize the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as a source of comprehensive information about a
    hazardous chemical in the workplace and know how to locate various types of
    information when reading an SDS
  • Identify the WHMIS exemptions for suppliers and importers
  • Know general safe work practices that should be followed when working with hazardous
  • WHMIS Online is an active learning experience, using interactive content screens and
    online exercises to engage learners and reinforce key concepts. Mandatory testing
    ensures that participants have met learning objectives and retained the required

Evaluation: No participant can complete the course without verifying their understanding of the course
material. WHMIS Online is presented in 6 modules. To progress from one module to the next,
participants must pass a mandatory test. Those who do not pass the test must review the
module content and re-test. There is no limit to the number of re-tests. Test questions are
randomly selected from a test bank to ensure that re-tests will be unique.

Duration: WHMIS Online is self-paced. Participants may leave the course at any time and can resume
where they left off. The time required to complete the course will depend on many factors
including the participant’s learning style and their prior knowledge of course material. Most
participants will complete WHMIS Online in less than 2 hours.

Take-home materials: Upon successfully completing all modules, there is a printable certificate for your records.

Note: Each workplace is unique. Employers must supplement this training with workplace specific
training to ensure that workers are aware of and understand the hazards associated with
the controlled products that they use and know how to work safely with those products.


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