The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, known as WHMIS, exists to protect workers who use hazardous products. It’s the law: employers and workers are required to comply.

All workplaces that use hazardous products need to have a WHMIS program in place.

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation (2015) made changes to hazard classifications and symbols, labels, safety data sheets, and education and training about hazardous products.

As an employer, you need to:

  • fulfill your WHMIS-related responsibilities; and
  • ensure that each worker who works with or may be exposed to a hazardous product has received education about the WHMIS regulation and training in specific procedures for the safe use, storage, handling and disposal of the hazardous product.

More information

You can find the information and education you need at:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Northern Safety Network Yukon WHMIS training

WHMIS.org WHMIS training

WorkSafeBC: WHMIS 2015 Includes videos and downloadable written material

WHMIS (2015) pictograms

If you have specific questions about WHMIS, contact us.