Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), titling federal and provincial legislation WHMIS 2015. WHMIS 2015 will require a move to a new labelling system, which can already be seen on hazardous products arriving in the workplace. In order to be compliant with WHMIS 2015 legislation, all employees must be trained.
Canadian employers have a transition period for hazardous product labelling and (Material) Safety Data Sheet - (M)SDS compliance that extends to December 2018, however all employees must receive training in WHMIS 2015 now. Employers must ensure that the workplace is compliant with both the original WHMIS system and the new WHMIS 2015 requirements as long as both labelling systems are present in the workplace.
Therefore, the Safety Office is introducing a new WHMIS 2015 course (approx. 1-hour duration) to replace both the WHMIS material contained in the Employee Orientation course and in the stand-alone WHMIS course. All employees (new and existing), regardless of job description, must complete the WHMIS 2015 course. The course is valid for 5 years, after which it must be repeated as a refresher.
How do I access the training?
Employee WHMIS 2015 is available through LEARN. To take the online course you must first "self-register". In order to self-register, your @uwaterloo.ca email account must be activated (if it is not activated visit your faculty or departmental computing support for assistance). Follow these directions to self-register:
- Go to the LEARN home page
- Login using your University of Waterloo nexus username and password (same as MyHRInfo).
- Click the "Self Registration" link at top of page
- Select "Employee WHMIS 2015" from the list.
- If the login fails contact email@example.com for assistance.
Worker and Supervisor Training
As a reminder, employers must also ensure employees complete an awareness training program as soon as practicable upon commencing work. Therefore in addition to WHMIS, all employees must complete the mandatory online orientation courses listed below, accessible from the Safety Office’s Training Programs webpage.
- SO1001 - Employee Safety Orientation
- SO1081 - Workplace Violence Awareness