CNESSTSanté et sécurité du travailEnglishPreventionRépertoire toxicologiqueWHMIS 1988WHMIS: What is it?
Notice to the reader :On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the coming into force of the Hazardous Products Regulations, which incorporates the GHS in WHMIS 1988. A transition period of approximatively three years is provided during wich both systems, WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015, will co-exist.The following information concerns WHMIS 1988.
A Canada-wide system in which suppliers, employers and workers each have their own responsibilities.
WHMIS is there to protect the health and safety of workers by promoting access to information on hazardous materials used in the workplace.
EmployersThe employers who purchase, use or manufacture controlled products have to :
WHMIS is governed by federal and provincial laws and regulations. Any person supplying or using controlled products must comply with it.
Suppliers are governed by federal legislation, specifically the Hazardous Products Act (part II) and the Controlled Products Regulation.
Employers are governed by provincial legislation, specifically the Act respecting occupational health and safety (article 62) as well as the Regulation respecting information on controlled products.
You don't know whether the products that you supply or use are controlled products? You want to know more about the laws and regulation? You want to set up a training program for your employees?
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WHMIS divides hazardous materials into six main classes based on their specific hazards. If a product corresponds to one or more of these classes, it becomes a "controlled" product.
Download the 6 symbols of WHMIS classes of products (GIF, EPS and SVG formats).
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