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New e-course teaches workers to work safely with hazardous chemicals

Hamilton, ON -- Long before the Canadian government introduced its Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System...


Hamilton, ON — Long before the Canadian government introduced its Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), requiring workplaces in which chemical products are used to educate and train workers on their safe use, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) had been gathering chemical safety information and disseminating it to workplaces across Canada.

Now CCOHS has used the accumulated experience of its information services to develop a new e-course, WHMIS for Workers, which helps people to work safely with hazardous chemicals and makes WHMIS compliance easier.

The course, which takes about 50-60 minutes to complete, helps workers understand and follow WHMIS, teaching them about their rights and responsibilities, WHMIS classes, symbols and their meanings, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), and labels.

WHMIS for Workers also includes practical advice on basic health and safety measures to protect the worker and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Quizzes allow participants to test their knowledge of the course material.

Delivered over the Internet in an e-learning format, the course is cost effective and makes training easily accessible. As its name states, WHMIS for Workers is designed to meet the needs of all workers who require WHMIS training, but will also appeal to future workers, for example, students in science and technology programs, or young workers preparing for a new job. It is a valuable tool for human resources and safety professionals with responsibility for training and compliance.

WHMIS for Workers helps create a safer workplace by providing workers with some of the knowledge and tools to enable them to work safely.

A French version of the E-Course is available as well.

You can preview the course at www.vubiz.com/demo/WHMISpreview.asp.