WHMIS 2015

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

WHMIS 2015

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s nation-wide workplace hazard communication standard. In French it is known as the Système d'information sur les matières dangereuses utilisées au travail (SIMDUT). This WHMIS course trains participants to understand these standards when working with hazardous materials.

In February 2015, WHMIS was modified to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS was developed by the United Nations to help standardize hazard communications around the world. The changes to WHMIS align the hazard classification and communication standards of WHMIS with those of the United States and other Canadian trading partners. The updated WHMIS includes:

  • New hazard classes and rules about classification
  • A new standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (previously known as Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • New label requirements
  • New WHMIS symbols/pictograms

This course is recommended for anyone who works with or around hazardous products – from janitorial staff to those working in manufacturing, and also office staff.

Learning Objectives

This course is based on the most current legislation and is designed to educate participants about WHMIS 2015.

Participants will learn the following:

  • The purpose of WHMIS education
  • Basic changes to WHMIS and responsibilities
  • Products exempt from WHMIS
  • WHMIS 2015 Pictograms in comparison to the 1988 WHMIS symbols
  • WHMIS 2015 health and physical hazards and the 1988 Classification System
  • The different types of labels, such as supplier labels and workplace labels, and how they  compare with WHMIS 1988 and 2015
  • Different types of data sheets such as the 2015 Safety Data Sheets and how they compare to 1988 Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Next steps for furthering your WHMIS workplace training


Course Format

  • Self-paced e-learning that you can exit and resume at any time
  • A knowledge assessment enables you to skip content if you already know the previous WHMIS 1988 content
  • Videos and interactive practice exercises that reinforce key concepts and offer an opportunity to gauge your understanding of the course content
  • A question bank that allows for a variety of questions to help with securing knowledge of WHMIS
  • Exercises that do not count toward your test score and that can be revisited as needed to achieve the learning objectives
  • Average course completion time between 2 – 3 hours
  • Printable certificate upon completion


Evaluation and Certification

Each unit concludes with a test. A score of 100% is needed to progress to the next unit and complete your training. If you do not pass the test you can review the material as needed. Please note that every test is generated through an automated test bank to ensure that each version is unique.

A printable certificate is available upon successful completion of the course. This document identifies you by name and includes the date that you completed your training.

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