Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Canada
Canada-based employees and employers who work with hazardous chemicals
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The Hazardous Products Act and its regulations are administered by the Government of Canada’s Department of Health, commonly referred to as Health Canada. Furthermore, supplier labelling and Safety Data Sheet, or SDS, requirements are set out under the Hazardous Products Act and the associated Controlled Products Regulations. This course covers information required through coordinated federal, provincial, and territorial legislation. The course will acquaint you with the precautions Canadian employees and employers must take in order to use, handle, and dispose of hazardous chemicals safely in the workplace. The intent of the information provided in this course is to help prevent and minimize employee exposures to the workplace hazardous materials, and to minimize accidental release of these material in the work environment. The content of the course is designed to comply with the applicable regulatory requirements and is presented using Canadian English. The learning objectives of the course are to identify the routes of chemical entry into the body; define various categories of chemical hazards; interpret warning labels; identify information commonly found in an SDS; and identify controls commonly used to reduce or eliminate contact with hazardous materials in the workplace.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Pinchin Group of Companies, an environmental health and safety consulting firm with offices across Canada.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
- identify WHMIS responsibilities in the workplace
- identify the routes of chemical entry into the body
- identify common health hazard descriptors
- identify terms related to chemical hazards
- interpret information found on chemical warning labels
- interpret hazard symbols found on chemical warning labels
- recognize information contained in the Safety Data Sheet
- identify types of controls commonly used to reduce or eliminate contact with hazardous materials in the workplace