Exposure to some types of hazardous products can result in health problems for workers. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides employers with health and safety information about hazardous products in the workplace. WHMIS first came into effect in 1988 across Canada and was updated in 2015 to reflect a new set of rules called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
WorkSafeBC has introduced a new toolbox of meeting guides for employers to use in their safety meetings, including:
WHMIS 2015 and key changes from WHMIS 1988
- The new classification system
- The physical hazard classes
- The health hazard classes
- The hazard categories
- The pictograms
- How pictograms compare to WHMIS 1988 hazard symbols
- The supplier label
- The workplace label
- Safety data sheets
To view and download these meeting guides, visit go2HR’s Health & Safety Resource Library.