by Mario Poto
Providing employees with the knowledge they need to maintain a safe working environment is essential to workplace health and safety. Employers must provide information and instruction to all workers who work with or near a controlled product. Our WHMIS program covers regulations, roles and responsibilities of employees and employers, classifications and symbols, labeling guiltiness, and MSDS forms.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS is a worldwide system. With a common set of rules for classifying hazardous products, common rules for labels, and a standard format for safety data sheets (SDSs). As of December 1, 2018, there must be WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets for all hazardous products in the workplace.
This module provides valuable knowledge that will familiarize you with WHMIS 2015 and how it is used in workplaces.
Classification of Hazardous Products
WHMIS divides potential Hazards into 2 primary groups: Physical Hazards, and Health Hazards. Moving from the most general classification to more specific ones, these levels are hazard “group”, hazard “class”, hazard “category” and, in some cases, hazard “subcategory.”
Pictograms are graphic images that immediately show the user of a hazardous product what type of hazard is present.
Hazardous products used in the workplace must be labelled. Labels alert workers to the major hazards as well as basic precautions or safety steps that should be taken.
Mario has worked in all areas of the service industry, including launching and operating Freshii during it’s start-up, managing high revenue restaurants, has owned his own sports bar, and held senior management roles in hotels.