The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System is a tool to make the use of hazardous material safe. It includes product classification and hazard signs, labeling, material safety data sheets and training of workers handling these materials.

The WHMIS, in force in Canada since 1998, will undergo changes after June 1st 2015. The changes represent the CWS standards regarding information on the dangers associated with the use of hazardous materials in the workplace. This training aims to inform and prepare the worker to the upcoming WHMIS changes after the harmonisation of the “Globally Harmonized System”.

Target audience

Workers and staff members who are likely to come into contact with hazardous materials.


  • Reduce the frequency of illnesses and occupational accidents caused by the use of hazardous materials;
  • Communicate danger signals;
  • Understand label requirements;
  • Know how to read the information on material safety.

Course content

  • Regulations that apply to controlled products;
  • WHMIS exclusions and inclusions;
  • Controlled products (hazardous materials within the meaning of the law;
  • Trainings on the 3 means of communication:
    • Warning sign (pictograms);
    • Labels: Explanation and label creating exercise;
    • Material safety data sheets.

Educational approach

Presentations, class participation, use of real products and student manual.


A theoretical exam is used to assess knowledge.


4 hours.

The duration of the training can differ according to your needs when it is given in private enterprise.


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