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What is WHMIS, and who needs WHMIS Training?

WHMIS is a Canadian Federal regulation requiring all employees who come in contact with hazardous materials to be fully trained. Those providing WHMIS controlled products used at work sites and workers who use these materials throughout the course of their workday must be trained in WHMIS. In addition, if a worksite has WHMIS products on-site then all employees must be trained in WHMIS. Those involved in delivering or moving WHMIS products must also be trained in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG).

What about WHMIS in Federal workplaces?

Provincial WHMIS legislation does not apply to federal workplaces such as banks, post offices and airports. Instead, certain sections of the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations implement WHMIS in federal workplaces.

How often should employees be trained in WHMIS?

The regulations states that the employer must review the education program at least once a year in consultation with workers (typically the health & safety committee), or more often if conditions in the workplace change or if new information about a controlled product becomes available. Ole recommends retraining employees every 2 years.

What is the difference between WHMIS and TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods)?

WHMIS is about controlled products for industrial use and deals with the effects to workers of hazardous materials. TDG Regulation deals with controlling the immediate hazards of exposure to hazardous materials in the event of a spill or leak during transportation.

What is meant by a “Federal Workplace”?

Most enterprises fall under their province for Health & Safety regulations, however some entities are not regulated by the Province (because their operations typically cross provincial boundaries) but by the Federal Government wherever they reside. They are referred to as being under the Canada Labour Code or as “Federally Regulated”. The following is the list of Federally Regulated operations:

  • Federal government and federal public services
  • Many Crown corporations and agencies
  • Banks
  • Railways, highway and air transport;
  • Ferries, tunnels, bridges and canals
  • Telephone and telegraph systems;
  • Pipelines
  • Radio and television

    broadcasting and cable systems

  • Interprovincial shipping and shipping services
  • Ships, trains and aircraft
  • Grain elevators licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission, and certain feed mills and feed warehouses, flour mills, and grain seed cleaning plants
  • Indian reserves
  • Exploration and development of petroleum on federal land.

Is my company responsible to check whether third-party contractors and cleaners have completed WHMIS training?

Yes. The company should verify the completion of training for the protection of workers. – OHSA s. 25(2)(h)

Can I take this WHMIS course as a refresher?

Yes, this course was designed to suit the needs of both first time trainees and as a refresher.

How often do employees require retraining?

What Federal Acts and Regulations govern WHMIS?

Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/ 86-304), Part X, Hazardous Substances

Controlled Products RegulationsHazardous Products Act (HPA)

Hazardous Materials Information Review Act

Does this WHMIS course meet the regulations for training?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has published a general guideline for WHMIS training courses. There is more information on WHMIS available in the four controlling regulations referenced in the previous paragraph. Our course has been prepared in accordance with these sources.

What is the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)?

How long is the WHMIS course?

What do I do if I forget my password?

Look at the bottom right corner of the Online Learning Home page and follow the instructions given in “Forgot Username/Password”

Can I leave the course open in the background while I do other work?

Yes, no problem.

What do I do if I run out of time? Do I have to complete in 1 session?

Take the course in as many sessions and as long as you like. The system will just time you out if there is no activity for a while, but you can just log in again and continue from where you left off.

What happens if I don’t pass the final test?

Once I have completed the course, do I get a certificate?

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