WHMIS 2015 is Live

Just in time for the June 1st launch of WHMIS 2015 we've made our new course available so you can train your workers in anticipation of the switch. There are a few important things to note about the course:

  • If you are a manufacture or importer you can must implement WHMIS 2015 no later than June 1st 2017.
  • If you are a  distributer you have until June 1st 2018 to implement WHMIS 2015.
  • If you are an employer you have until December 1st 2018 to fully implement WHMIS 2015.

During the transition period, you may receive hazardous products that follow either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements. To ensure worker protection, employers must educate and train workers about WHMIS 2015 as new labels and SDSs appear in their workplaces. During the transition period, employers may continue to have WHMIS 1988 labels and MSDSs in the workplace – if so, they must also continue to educate workers about WHMIS 1988. Employers must review and comply with the WHMIS requirements of their occupational health and safety jurisdiction.

In SafetySync you'll note that if you have WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 set as required it will cause issues for workers that start getting reminders that WHMIS 1988 is expiring soon. Because of this, we recommend all companies make WHMIS 1988 optional and WHMIS 2015 required. That way an expired WHMIS 1988 course will not affect their compliance. You may have a few workers who have just completed WHMIS 1988 but they will need to review the updated changes in WHMIS 2015 since you may begin receiving newly labelled products starting June 1st.

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We're please to announce that we've integrated our Custom Course Building feature with slideshare.net. SlideShare is a content hosting website that allows you to upload a PowerPoint presentation hosted directly on SlideShare. We've leveraged their embed feature which allows an administrator to post the embed code into SafetySync and when a worker reviews a lesson the embedded PowerPoint launches directly in SafetySync. This makes it so you no longer have to upload the PowerPoint file into SafetySync and rely on the worker downloading the file and launching it on their computer when viewing the content.

Administrators can head to the Custom Course Building feature and when creating a new lesson they'll see the new option to add the SlideShare embed code.

To get started on SlideShare head to http://www.slideshare.net/

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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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