Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), which came into force in 2015, have incorporated GHS elements, resulting in new standardized classification criteria, labels and Safety Data Sheet requirements. All laboratory personnel must have completed WHMIS training (either EHS 101 or EHS 112, as applicable) within the last 3 years.
EHS 101 - WHMIS & Lab Safety
Required for: This course is intended for anyone who works or studies with or near hazardous products in a lab. Prerequisites: none.
Includes: Online course (approx. 1.5 hours) featuring 3 video modules, followed by a 30-question multiple choice test with a passing mark of 80%.
Description: The course content covers WHMIS legislation; the basics of WHMIS labelling and Safety Data Sheets in the laboratory; and common laboratory hazards and controls. Note: The course does not cover specific workplace procedures or materials, but rather is intended as a starting point for the workplace specific training that is to be provided by your supervisor.
Refresher: EHS 112 - WHMIS 2015 Refresher (online). This 30-minute refresher course must be taken every 3 years following the completion of EHS 101.