WHMIS 2015 - Canada's Adoption of Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for Workplace Chemicals

Duration: 75 Minutes
Canada's first major GHS deadline is just months away. Don't wait to get started on your compliance tasks! Canada officially adopted GHS on February 11, 2015 and implemented a series of phased-in compliance deadlines - the first of which is scheduled to go into effect on June 1, 2017. This session will provide a high level overview of Canada's adoption plans.
WHMIS 2015
Instructor: Edgar Fernandez
Product ID: 504341
Objectives of the Presentation
On completion of the webinar, you will have knowledge on:
  • An overview of WHMIS 2015
  • An overview of GHS and adoption timeline
  • 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
  • The four main purposes of an SDS:
    • Identification of the product and supplier
    • Hazard identification
    • Prevention
    • Response
  • Understand the importance of controlling hazards to protect employees working with hazardous products
Why Should you Attend
Canada has implemented WHMIS 2015, a national chemical classification and hazard communication standard for workplace chemicals. 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 (SDS). 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.

This new webinar helps to summarize key requirements for suppliers and others about WHMIS 2015 - such as hazard classes, pictograms, supplier labels and SDS headings. Participants will gain a better understanding of Health Canada's implementation of the GHS in Canada.

Areas Covered
  • GHS in Canada - WHIMIS 2015
  • Deadlines for Canada's implementation
  • Transition efforts
  • 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)
  • Understand the purpose of an SDS and Identify the information that is required to be disclosed on an SDS
  • Significant differences with Hazcom 2012
  • Why not a single SDS for US/Canada
  • Safe use and handling of hazardous products
Who will Benefit
  • Managers and supervisors in workplaces where hazardous products are used
  • Human resources and safety professionals with responsibilities for training and compliance
  • Workers, supervisors, and health and safety committee members
  • Anyone who uses SDSs
  • Anyone who sell or import hazardous products for use in Canadian workplaces
  • Manufacturers of hazardous products
  • Employers, manufacturers, distributors and importers
  • Team Leads, Supervisors, Managers
  • Small Business Owners
  • EHS staff
  • Occupational Health staff
Topic Background
The implementation of the GHS will help strengthen worker health and safety in Canada, facilitate trade with the United States (U.S.) and enhance the competitiveness of Canadian suppliers of hazardous workplace chemicals. Adopting the GHS also fulfills the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) commitment to align and synchronize implementation of common classification and labeling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals.

To help manufacturers manage these changes, Health Canada released technical guidance on the requirement of HPA and HPR in two phases. The first phase focuses on classification principles, hazard communication and confidential business information. The phase two document focuses on physical hazard and health hazard classification. It includes further detail on the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and transition timelines for importers and manufacturers to comply with the new standard.
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Instructor Profile:
Edgar Fernandez is the owner of PHARMA-CHEMICALSAFETY LIMITED, a company that provides engineering services in process and workplace safety. Edgar has 22 years of experience in PMS and workplace safety. He worked as a Sr. Process Safety Engineer for Apotex Pharmachemc Inc, 3M Canada, Nalco-Champion, CGG Veritas, Kelloggs, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, Wyeth and Schering-Plough.

He has been implementing projects such as managing and leading the Process Safety Management Program, facilitating process hazard analysis, designing and providing technical support for equipment for combustible dust and flammable liquids operations, conducting and leading safety kaizen blitz, OSHAS 18001, incident investigations and quality risk analysis.

Edgar holds the Chemical Engineering Bachelors Degree, the Professional Engineer Designation in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario Canada, the Canadian Registered Safety Professional and the Certified Safety Professional in the United States.
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