In February of 2015, the Federal Government amended Canada’s WHMIS legislation to reflect the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals. GHS is intended to align the classification and labeling systems used worldwide. As a result of the recent changes here in Canada, there will be two different classification and labeling systems in use by suppliers until June 1, 2018. To ensure compliance over this period, employers are encouraged to train workers in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015. Full compliance with WHMIS 2015 is required by December 1, 2018.
The Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) is helping to prepare all employees in the hospitality industry for this change by providing online training for both WHMIS (1988) and WHMIS (2015) free to both members and associate members!
Employers are also responsible to provide workers with job-specific training delivered in the workplace to cover the specific chemicals in use at the property. Job-specific WHMIS training is required to ensure workers understand the specific hazards of the products to which they may be exposed, and the controls in place to protect their health and safety when handling these products.
AHSA members are encouraged to take advantage the opportunity to train their workers for free and on demand! Click here for access.
If you are interested in purchasing an Instructor’s Tool Kit to introduce WHMIS 2015 to your workers in a classroom setting, you can purchase a training package from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOSH).