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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.

Employeurs au Canada doivent protéger les travailleurs contre les risques de violence & harcèlement en milieu de travail.  La plupart des provinces ont des lois spécifiques de lutte contre la violence.  Dans d'autres provinces, les travailleurs sont protégés contre des dommages en vertu d'une « clause d'obligation générale ».  La Loi sur la santé et la sécurité du travail stipule que les employeurs ont une obligation générale d'assurer la santé, la sécurité et le bien-être physique des travailleurs.  L'obligation de protéger les travailleurs contre la violence au travail est implicite.   En outre, le Québec a une législation spécifique qui protège les travailleurs qui travaillent seuls dans l'isolement.

Le Québec a été la première province au Canada à adresser l’harcèlement psychologique.  La Loi sur les normes du travail exige que les employeurs offrent un milieu de travail exempt d’ harcèlement psychologique.  Le Code Civil du Québec et le Charte Québecois des droits & libertés de la personne aussi protègent les travailleurs.

Ce cours couvre le Québec législation, rôles & responsabilités, l'identification des risques, et les mesures de prévention et répondre à la violence et le harcèlement en milieu de travail.

“WHMIS Labels & MSDS before GHS” Online Training Course

April 22, 2015

During the transition from WHMIS 1988 (before GHS) to WHMIS 2015 (with GHS), 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.

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 with GHS.  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.

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Launch of Prevention of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace by Province

Most Canadian workplaces hold a zero tolerance attitude towards violence & harassment in the workplace with a commitment to create a safe & healthy environment for workers.   Regardless of where you live in Canada, most provinces have occupational health & safety legislation with “general duty” requirements for your employer to protect your health & safety in the workplace, and this includes protecting you from workplace violence.  In addition, most provinces have specific regulations regarding violence in the workplace and many also have regulations regarding prevention of harassment in the workplace.  Several provinces have regulations for working alone or in isolation.

This course is intended for all employees and covers provincial legislation, roles & responsibilities of workplace parties, prevention measures, and how to respond to violence and harassment in the workplace.