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Definition - What does WHMIS mean?

The WHMIS is an acronym that means the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It serves as the banner across Canada to identify, classify, label, and relay hazardous products via the correct handling, storage, and disposal of said material(s). The WHMIS falls under the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) campaign. Since 1988, the WHMIS infrastructure has evolved into the WHMIS 2015 model aligned with GHS standards. 

SureHire explains WHMIS

The overarching role of the WHMIS 2015 matrix is to ensure that business sectors comply with federal and provincial rules to control hazardous materials in the workplace. The WHMIS 2015 archetype helps to level the charge to extend full cooperation from all players within the fold. Suppliers, employers, and workers pool the resources needed to show that the in-house protocol stays current with the WHMIS 2015 framework. Education and training programs are typical avenues to familiarize staff with handling, storing, and disposing of chemicals.

It is critical to ensure containers have safety data sheets (SDS) that identify and label their contents. An inspector who serves as a liaison will review the workspace to see if the employer has maintained WHMIS values on all fronts.

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