Wonder what are the requirements for employers under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)?
Here is an informative Q&A created by Clear Path's safety specialist Michelle Strassburger:
Q: What are the duties of an employer in charge of a worksite where controlled products are used?
A: An employer in charge of a worksite where controlled products are used has 3 duties (Source):
Q : What must an employer ensure that each worker who works with (or in proximity to) a controlled product be informed about?
A: Whether the employer receives the controlled product from a supplier or produces it themselves, they must ensure each worker is informed about all hazard information of which the employer is or ought to be aware concerning the controlled product and its use, storage and handling. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 860, s. 6.
Q: What must your company's education programs contain?
A: An employer shall ensure that every worker who works with (or in proximity to) a controlled product is instructed in:
Q: Are there other requirements related to to worker education?
A: There are two addition requirements:
Q: How frequently should worker education take place?
A: Training should be updated on a yearly basis. Some organizations do re-training through a monthly safety talk.
Q: Must you send your workers to an outside training?
A: There is no requirement to send employees for outside training. An organization can develop their own program as long as it meets the requirement of the legislation.
Q: Where can I get more information?
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