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Any worker in Canada who works with or around hazardous products must receive WHMIS Training.


Chemical products are everywhere, so it is not surprising they can likely be found in most workplaces. It’s up to an employer to determine what chemical hazards are present, and then determine if their employees will be exposed to them. In most cases, their workers will require WHMIS training.

ISS offers instructor-led WHMIS training to cover both the 1988 standards and the latest 2015 standards (with GHS). Because there is a transitional period for WHMIS 2015 that lasts until Dec 31, 2018, components from the old standards (WHMIS 1988) will still be used in Candian workplaces. This means that not only does training have to include WHMIS 2015 to be compliant, but WHMIS 1988 as well.


What is GHS?


Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations. It is designed to replace the various classification and labeling standards used in different countries by using a consistent method for classification, safety data sheet information, symbols and labeling on an international level. This will harmonize the movement of hazardous products globally.


Instructor-led WHMIS training is very beneficial.


Instructor-led training can be extremely effective if done correctly. ISS uses high-quality training materials. We engage participants throughout the training to significantly increase the effectiveness of this method of training. We encourage group discussion revolving around workplace-specific applications to help the learners retain the information presented.


Here are some reasons why an instructor-led WHMIS training workshop may be beneficial:

  • Group learning environment works best for many people
  • Interactivity with coworkers
  • An instructor is available to answer questions instantly
  • Any and all presented information will be clear to the learners


This method of training can work extremely well for some employers depending on their specific circumstances. 

At the end ​of this course, participants will have learned:


  • definition of WHMIS and its purpose
  • duties and responsibilities 
  • how chemicals enter the body
  • adverse health effects
  • labels and what they’re required to display
  • pictograms
  • how to read safety data sheets
  • general safety guidelines


This course is highly participative with various group discussions as we advance through the subjects.

Upon completion of the course, successful participants must demonstrate competency of WHMIS to their employer and participate in site-specific training.

Duration: 1/2 day

Participants: any worker in Canada who works with or around hazardous products must receive WHMIS Training

Location: courses can be scheduled privately at a firm's location or publicly at Northern College campuses (pending public interest).  Contact us for more information.



Workshop Objectives

WHMIS