Safety in the Workplace – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

If your business requires you to be around hazardous materials, you will definitely want to learn more about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or the WHMIS.This system is well known throughout Canada as a way to ensure that the workplace stays safe. There are certain requirements under this system that requires safe use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. There are also requirements that all controlled products be labeled as such, and data sheets must be on file with information about each substance.

If you use any of these hazardous materials in the workplace, it is vital that they are labeled as controlled to offer warning:

  • Compressed gas
  • Flammable materials
  • Oxidizing materials
  • Poisonous materials
  • Infectious materials
  • Biohazard materials
  • Corrosive materials
  • Reactive materials

Suppliers are required to provide safety data sheets for any hazardous products that are sold or produced. They are also required to provide labels for controlled substances that are sold or produced.

Employers are required to track any hazardous materials that enter the workplace. They are also required to ensure that the containers are labeled correctly, and all safety data sheets are easily accessible. Employees should also be trained to work with these hazardous materials safely.

It is really important for safety kits to be available for those that work in close quarters with hazardous materials. This includes, but is not limited to safety gloves, protective footwear, protective clothing, and eye and face protection.A first aid kit should also be available in the event of an emergency dealing with hazardous materials. If health and safety is not a priority, there may be more accidents in the workplace. This can result in lost time, higher insurance rates, injury, and other costly consequences.

To learn more, meet with a WHMIS consultant in your area.