A good chemical management program will require implementation of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). The WHMIS requirements in Ontario are identified in Regulation 860 made under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA).
A WHMIS program consists of three basic elements: supplier & workplace labels, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and employee training.
- Labels are required on containers of WHMIS controlled products.
- Suppliers must attach a a Supplier Label to any WHMIS controlled product.
- If a chemical is poured off into an unlabeled container, you must place a workplace label to the container. A workplace label has to include the name of the chemical, a reference to the MSDS and Safe Handling information specific for the chemical.
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required in a workplace for each WHMIS controlled product. The employer is responsible to ensure they are available to employees and are less than three years old.
- WHMIS training is required for each employee within the FHS. The FHS Safety Office offers in class WHMIS training for the laboratory.
NOTE: WHMIS Core in FHS requires an annual update for your training to remain current.
The Ministry of Labour administers the WHMIS Regulation and they offer a Guide to the WHMIS Legislation.