We proudly offer workplace approved Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) training courses. We offer this course in two formats: an on-line program or in class. Both courses teach participants on how to stay safe in the workplace and the required safety knowledge as regulated by the federal government. Our on-line course is offered through St. Mark James Training at a price of 29.99. Participants can complete the on-line course at their own pace with a on-line teacher available to help along the way. Registration for either course is incredibly easy. To register for a on-line WHMIS course click the link below. To register for a in-class WHMIS program scroll to the bottom of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions About WHMIS
What is WHMIS?
WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It was created by the Canadian federal government in conjunction with business and occupational safety organizations in the country. The use of WHMIS is able to improve occupational health and safety and reduce the risk for hazards happening in the workplace.
All businesses in Canada are required to implement the WHMIS in the workplace. They are also required to get their entire staff trained in WHMIS, with certain staff members required to get WHMIS certification.
Where can I get WHMIS training?
WHMIS training courses are available all over Canada, with one of the best being Winnipeg First Aid. Other courses are also available at our provider, but WHMIS training is one of most popular. The course is a certification course; you receive a WHMIS training credential upon completion of the course.
How long does WHMIS training last?
There are two kinds of WHMIS course offered at Winnipeg First Aid. The first is a classroom course that runs for four hours and the second is an online course that runs for two hours. The classroom course is targeted towards trainees who are able to attend classes between 8 AM and 5 PM. If you are still in school or are unable to attend classes during these times, you are better off taking the online course.
Both courses have six modules to complete and both offer certification upon completion of training. Students need to have complete attendance and passing grades on the final exams to become certified.
Do I need to renew my WHMIS certificates?
WHMIS certification does not expire like certificates for CPR and first aid. There are no recertification classes for WHMIS either. However, we do encourage our trainees to retake the WHMIS course every few years for an update.
Is WHMIS training required by law?
WHMIS is required by several federal legislations in Canada. These legislations were drafted in order to keep occupations that handle hazardous materials safe.
- Hazardous Products Act
- Controlled Products Regulation
- Ingredient Disclosure List
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Act
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations
Provincial legislations also govern occupational safety, namely the following:
- Occupational Health and Safety Act
- WHMIS Regulation found in every province in Canada
What are the duties of a supplier in terms of WHMIS?
A supplier, who is the source of the hazardous material, is solely responsible for implementing WHMIS in the workplace, as well as training its employees in WHMIS.
The three main duties of a supplier are:
- Determining which materials in the workplace are controlled or hazardous products. This is called “classification”.
- Labeling the controlled product.
- Providing the MSDS (material safety data sheets), which contains the additional information regarding the hazardous material.
If you work with hazardous materials, it is important to receive WHMIS training – not necessarily certification, but at least in-house training.