WHMIS 2015 with GHS Online Training Course
April 22, 2015
Federal WHMIS-related laws were revised by Health Canada on February 11, 2015 to incorporate and align with the worldwide hazard communication system GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals). Where federal legislation regulates the classification of hazardous products (“controlled” products) & supplier requirements for labelling and safety data sheets, it is provincial legislation that covers the use of hazardous materials in the workplace & identifies the employer’s responsibilities for labelling, safety data sheets and worker education & training. Provincial regulations will be updated as soon as practical, with June 1, 2015 proposed for some provinces.
Transition to WHMIS 2015 follows a 3 step phase-in period for suppliers and employers: Manufacturers & importers can use either the old WHMIS 1988 rules or the new 2015 rules for classification, labels & safety data sheets, but not both, until May 31, 2017. Distributors can do so until May 31, 2018. Employers will follow their federal, provincial or territorial OSH regulator for guidance during this transition until May 31, 2017. Then employers must comply with either 1988 rules or 2015 rules until November 30, 2018. From December 1st, 2018 on, employers must follow WHMIS 2015 regulations only.
During this transition period, employers may receive hazardous products that follow either the old WHMIS 1988 rules or the new WHMIS 2015 rules. Therefore, workers will need to be trained regarding the new labels and safety data sheets and/or the old system depending on what they see in the workplace.
“WHMIS 2015 with GHS” online training takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and covers general WHMIS education. Because your learners may need to know both the old & the new systems, Pinnacle is also offering a companion course at no charge to learners who take WHMIS 2015. The companion course, “WHMIS Labels & MSDS before GHS”, takes approximately 30 min and focuses on the old labels (including the old hazard classes and symbols), and MSDSs.