WHMIS is a national system that imposes uniform workplace safety rules to protect workers exposed to hazardous products. And while the employer’s duty to ensure exposed workers get proper training and education in the hazards they face, specific rules for creating, implementing and reviewing WHMIS training vary by jurisdiction with regard to:
- Whether WHMIS training programs must be tailored for a particular workplace;
- Whether WHMIS training must be integrated into the larger OHS program for the workplace;
- What, if anything employers must do to verify workers understand their WHMIS training; and
- Whether periodic evaluation is necessary to ensure workers have retained their WHMIS training and knowledge.
The Chart below displays these differences visually.
A COMPARISON OF WHMIS TRAINING PROGRAM RULES BY JURISDICTION
of Work-place OHS Prog-ram
|Employer Must Consult JHSC or Safety Rep||Employer Must Do Annual Training Program Review(1)||Employer Must Verify Worker Ability to Apply||Peri
|ON||√||√||√||√||√||JHSC or health & safety rep can advise employer to review WHMIS training program before scheduled annual review|
|QC||√||√||√||JHSC establishes WHMIS training program and employer implements it|
|NWT & NU||√||√||√||√||√|