WHMIS 2015 for Managers and Supervisors CCOHS



The system used across Canada to provide safety information about hazardous products in the workplace has changed. This course will help you understand and meet your health safety responsibilities as a manager or supervisor under WHMIS 2015. You will learn about your duties, pictograms and their meanings, product labels, and safety data sheets. Practical advice and guidance on basic health and safety measures are also included so you can take steps to protect your workers, and prevent injuries and illnesses.

WHMIS 2015 includes new standardized classification criteria, label requirements and safety data sheet requirements. As a manager or supervisor, you need to know your duties, ensure that your workers are trained, label all hazardous products properly, and make sure up-to-date safety data sheets are accessible.

Topics include:

  • WHMIS basics and the duties of the employer
  • Duties and responsibilities of a manager or supervisor
  • Components of a WHMIS 2015 program
    • Hazard communication
    • WHMIS classes and their pictograms
    • Labels
    • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Safe use and handling of hazardous products
  • Education and training
  • Helpful resources

Upon completion of this course you will be able to :

  • Describe your duties and responsibilities as a manager or supervisor under WHMIS 2015 regulations
  • Identify the WHMIS classes and pictograms and their meanings
  • Recognize the types of information provided on supplier labels and workplace labels
  • Understand the information on safety data sheets and be able to find information on hazards and preventive measures
  • Understand the importance of controlling hazards to protect employees working with hazardous products
  • Find additional information on hazardous products

Average time to complete this course is approximately 75 minutes.

Target Audience

  • Managers and supervisors in workplaces where hazardous products are used
  • Human resources and safety professionals with responsibilities for training and compliance


Prior technical knowledge of health and safety is not a requirement. However, familiarity with workplace processes and practices is helpful.

Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet – and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.