WHMIS 2015 Training Overview

CARAHS now offers in Class training for WHMIS 2015
Call 1-866-366-2930 to arrange classes

As of February 2015 the federal government announced changes to the WHMIS in Canada. Companies and employees will need to be able to identify new hazardous products and labelling that is being slowly introduced in the workplace. Workers will need to have the updated version of WHMIS 2015 by December 1st 2018. As an employer if you notice that supplies are entering your facility that follow the new WHMIS 2015 legislation as well as supplies that pertain to the older WHMIS, it is your responsibility to provide training on both WHMIS systems

CARAHS Course Content:

Section 1 – About WHMIS 2015

Section 2 – Understanding the Hazards through WHMIS symbols and labels

Section 3 – WHMIS Labels

Section 4 – Material Safety Data Sheets

Section 5 – WHMIS and the employer

Section 6 – Emergency Actions

Section 7 – Personal Protective Equipment

Section 8 – WHMIS in Construction if Applicable

Section 9 -Reference Material

Upon completion, you will be able to

• Define WHMIS and why it is important to workers.
• Define what the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is and how it affects WHMIS.
• Explain the hazards associated with WHMIS-regulated products.
• Identify the WHMIS hazard classes and symbols.
• Identify the information types covered on supplier and workplace labels.
• Describe the purpose, content and function of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
• Describe the hazard controls for WHMIS-regulated products.
• Describe legal rights and duties under WHMIS.
• Apply the knowledge acquired in this course to their workplace.


Two and a half (2.5) hour classroom program at our CARAHS location. Includes certificate of completion for each participant.

Groups off 10+ can be done at your location with specific requirements.


WHMIS has aligned with the worldwide hazard communication system known as GHS – the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Aligning with GHS provides many benefits, including:

• Hazard classification criteria are more comprehensive which improves ability to indicate severity of hazards.
• New hazard classes are included.
• Physical hazard criteria are consistent with the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG regulations).
• Standardized language (hazard and precautionary statements).
• Standardized SDS format and more comprehensive requirements.

The WHMIS 2015 legislation is currently in force. “In force” means that suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada. However, there is a transition period with various stages.

One of the differences between WHMIS and WHMIS 2015 is the shape of the pictograms.  Pictograms are graphic images that immediately show the user of a hazardous product what type of hazard is present.  In WHMIS the shape of the pictogram is a circle.  In the new WHMIS 2015 the shape of the pictogram is a diamond.

CARAHS provides in class training as well as online courses that can keep your employees compliant during the WHMIS 2015 transition period.

CARAHS WHMIS Course Policy

All Sales are Final and are non refundable. We do not give credit for those who fail to turn up at the selected class date noted above. 

CARAHS reserves the right to cancel courses at its discretion. Participants at that time will be given full refund

The course is run in English and the written test is in English. Anyone who does not achieve the minimum 75% pass will have to return to take the class again.

Go to CARAHS Online Knowledge Centre

If you have any questions regarding WHMIS contact us at 1-866-366-2930