WHMIS 2015: An Introduction CCOHS



Course Details

Course Description

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. Its goal is to have a common set of rules for classifying hazardous products, common rules for labels, and a standard format for safety data sheets (SDSs).

This course focuses on the changes to WHMIS with the implementation of GHS. GHS has not replaced WHMIS. GHS has, however, created some important changes to WHMIS. Suppliers and employers will have to respond to these changes.

Participants will learn the basics about the impact of these changes for chemical suppliers and employers. Suppliers and employers will gain an appreciation for how they can start to work with WHMIS 2015 so that they can ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

Is this the right course for you?

 CCOHS offers several e-courses on WHMIS 2015, each with a different goal:

    • This course, WHMIS 2015: an Introduction, provides a basic overview of the changes to WHMIS after its alignment with GHS.
    • WHMIS 2015 for Workers provides worker education on the new WHMIS system, along with an exam and a certificate for those who complete it successfully.

Are you a chemical supplier?

The WHMIS 2015: an Introduction e-course was developed by CCOHS in partnership with Health Canada.

To reinforce understanding of key concepts, this course features interactive learning activities, quizzes, definition look-ups, and links to resources.

Topics include:

  • How the implementation of GHS has changed WHMIS requirements for employers and suppliers
  • An introduction to key issues and steps that suppliers and employers can take

Upon completion of the course you will understand:

  • Why GHS has been implemented
  • The main features of WHMIS 2015
  • Key differences between WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 requirements
  • Steps that can help you prepare for WHMIS 2015

Average time to complete this course is about 30 minutes.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for suppliers and employers in organizations of all sizes, in industries and occupations where WHMIS-controlled products are found.



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 and Health Canada worked closely to develop the content of this course, and it was reviewed by other specialists in the field. The course was also reviewed by representatives from labour, suppliers, employers and government to ensure that the content and approach were unbiased and credible.