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2 hour, 4 hour, or 8 hour training progrms


The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is designed to provide information to all employees working with hazardous materials (Controlled Products).

As required by legislation, WHMIS training must be provided in both a generic as well as a chemical-specific format. Generic WHMIS training provides the basics of the WHMIS program including;

  • Labels

  • Symbols

  • Material

  • Safety Data Sheets

WHMIS training has been a standard component of almost every company’s safety program since its inception in 1988. As Canada moves towards the Global Harmonization System (GHS), employees will require training to ensure compliance with both WHMIS as well as the pending GHS legislation.


Training Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the WHMIS labels, symbols, materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and worker education requirements.

  • Identify the hazards of and correctly classify controlled products.

  • Apply the fundamentals of the WHMIS program to ensure a core understanding of chemical hazards and controls.

  • Understand the transition from WHMIS to GHS, as well as the applicable changes to MSDS, labels and symbols.


Target Audience:
  • Employees and Associates working with or potentially exposed to controlled products in their work place,

  • Supervisors and Managers,

  • Health & Safety Committee Members.


Course Length and Options:

Generic training for personnel that have never received WHMIS / GHS training typically requires a half-day (4-hour) classroom session. For a simple refresher session, a 2 ½ hour training program is recommended.

This session may also be presented in a Train-the-Trainer format (for potential internal WHMIS / GHS trainers). It can also be conducted in an interactive game-show format for groups that have an extensive knowledge of the program and are looking for a fun and refreshing way to conduct a WHMIS / GHS review.

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