The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS is changing soon in Canada. The GHS (Globally Harmonized System) has been approved by the UN and is being implemented worldwide to improve communication and safety in workplaces where hazardous chemicals are present. While it has not yet been passed as international law, it is expected to take effect on June 1, 2015. To align with the transition, SafetySync is offering an updated WHMIS 2015 course to reflect the changes impacting WHMIS compliant workers, employers and suppliers. The updated course will include the changes published in the Canada Gazette Part II on February 11, 2015.
The implementation of GHS will introduce five major changes to the current WHMIS:
Our WHMIS 2015 course will amend our existing WHMIS course with the changes outlined in the Canada Gazette Part II. The WHMIS course we presently offer is sufficient for compliance until the GHS legislation is in place. When compliance with our WHMIS course expires, WHMIS 2015 will be available for a seamless upgrade in training. The material complies with all WHMIS standards and provides detailed information on the GHS. We'll post an announcement when the course is active and available to all clients.
If your company uses the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba as their PIR we've added their latest audit standard that you'll need to complete your COR and Secor.
The companion guide with submission guidelines and specifics of documents you are required to submit can be located here.
If you're not familiar with our Audit Review tool you'll definitely want to check it out. We provide a checklist to do a self audit for your company and on top of that you can upload the documents you need to fulfill specific requirements of the audit standard.
When it comes time for your audit you can add your auditor in SafetySync with a special "view only permissions" position. They'll be able to go through your checklist and see the required documents and confirm that training records, policy distribution, management communication, etc. requirements have all been fulfilled.
To get started head to the Audit Review feature and select the new "COR - Certificate of Recognition - CSAM 2015" from the list.
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