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Ontario’s WHMIS legislation enhances the federal legislation in the areas of inventory, MSDS and worker education.
The WHMIS is an information delivery system consisting of:
A simple way to communicate warnings is to use labels. Labels are easily recognized and provide basic information about:
All containers of hazardous materials must be properly labelled. You will learn more about labelling in Module 4.
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a technical document that elaborates the health and safety information about a controlled product. SHHA must ensure that a MSDS is available for every controlled product that is used by its employees.
The MSDS adds to the warning information found on the supplier label by listing 9 sections of information. You will learn more about MSDS in Module 5.
Under WHMIS regulation, you have a right to know about the hazardous materials that are in your workplace. Your employer is responsible to train you and those who work in proximity to hazardous materials.
Training is made up of two parts:
When training is complete and you pass the quiz, you are then responsible to use and apply WHMIS information so that you and your co-workers can work in a safe environment.
To ensure the WHMIS program remains current and effective, it is reviewed annually by SHHA in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
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