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Get WHMIS Training

With the introduction of WHMIS 2015, all workers must take training to learn about the new system.

To get started, read the WHMIS 2015 - Education and Training page on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) web site. This will familiarize you with what you need to learn about WHMIS.

CCOHS offers a wide variety of WHMIS courses. Check their web site for a full listing.

To learn about the new WHMIS 2015 regulations specifically, CCOHS offers a WHMIS 2015 for Workers online course. It's free until September 28, 2015, for individual workers. Employers can bulk buy training for their employees for $10 a person.

In Whitehorse, you can take a WHMIS Train the Trainer course with Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY). This one day course is designed for those who are responsible for establishing and maintaining their company’s WHMIS program. Learn more about the course and sign up on the NSNY web site.

How long do I have to deliver/get the training?

There is a multi-year transition period in effect for WHMIS 2015.

WHMIS 2015 does not fully replace WHMIS 1988 until December 1, 2018.

During this transition, the original WHMIS 1988 and the new WHMIS 2015 materials may be used in the workplace.

However, employers must educate workers in WHMIS 2015 once hazardous substances bearing the new labels and pictograms arrive on site.

This includes revised education and training on:

  • Hazard classes, pictograms and labels and what they mean.
  • The new safety data sheet format and how to locate the information needed to work safely with the product.
  • Workplace-specific training on how to safely use all hazardous materials on site.