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:

  1. Introduction of new hazard classes and sub classes of chemicals
  2. Introduction of new hazard pictograms adding to the existing ones currently referred to as WHMIS symbols
  3. Standardization of hazard signal words, statements and meanings used on Supplier Labels and Safety Data Sheets
  4. Introduction of new supplier labels with new formats and added requirements
  5. Replacement of the 9 section Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with a new 16 section Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

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.

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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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February Changelog

New Features

  • Live chat has been added to the employee portal and admin portal. You'll see a blue popup at the bottom of the page when we're around
  • Custom logo examples are now available in the rewards catalogue for mugs, golf balls, travel mugs, etc.
  • USA customers can now order from our rewards catalogue
  • Compliance and Subordinate Report emails now come from
  • We've designed brand new compliance and subordinate emails that vastly simplify the information being displayed which increases the likelihood that the intended message is understood by workers
  • When sending a bulletin you can now see the number of users unsubscribed to bulletin notifications
  • Administrators can now limit the rewards catalogue to customizable items only

Incident Tracking Beta

  • Styling for an incident has been updated to reflect a better separation of the various sections
  • Environmental incidents now have a sub-status to designate an environmental incident as reportable
  • Fixed a bug with how location information was displayed on the map
  • Fixed missing text box borders
  • Added default values for status drop downs
  • Changed header phrasing on various sections to clarify the purpose of each column
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing sorting records by sequential dates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that was preventing phone numbers being auto-formatted for an employee
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing comments over 200 chars on surveys from being stored in the database
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing users from completing a quiz for an orientation when the expiry date was set to "never"
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying an expired date on SDS that were actually consumer products (Consumer product SDS do not expire)
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing cropping of certificates in the admin portal

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