All employers in Canadian jurisdictions are required to train workers who are exposed to hazardous materials as per WHMIS Regulation 860 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
OHSA states: Employees have the right to know.
Employers must train employees on instruction on requirements for labels and data sheets, information on how product may affect the workers health or safety and be trained in safe work procedures are requirements. It is the employer general responsibility to provide all hazard information from suppliers to the worker, the worker to be aware of. This duty is largely accomplished through education and training programs offered on a regular basis.
WHAT IS WHMIS?
WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) is a Canada-wide system designed to give employers and workers information about hazardous materials used in the workplace. Under WHMIS, there are three ways in which information on hazardous materials is to be provided:
- Labels on the containers of hazardous materials
- Material safety data sheets to supplement the label with detailed hazard and precautionary information
- Worker education programs.