2009-08-01 WSBC WHMIS alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2009-08-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

WorksafeBC has recently received reports and complaints regarding aggressive, high-pressure sales tactics by commercial providers of safety training for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). When contracted, employers are given the impression that they are not compliant with Provincial and Federal WHMIS legislation, and this may lead to Workers Compensation Act prosecution. The caller suggests that the training is required/endorsed by WorkSafeBC and provides the employer with the WorkSafeBC phone number to corroborate the information.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

WorkSafeBC is not affiliated with commercial training providers. There is no requirement for an employer to use a commercial training provider or materials created by a commercial company to conduct WHMIS training. In fact, an employer may develop their own materials and conduct the training in-house. An employer will not necessarily meet the WHMIS training requirements by only using generic training courses provided by commercial providers. The training courses provided by commercial providers. The training must include site specific information about products and health and safety procedures used at the work site. Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation. Part 4 General Conditions of the OHS Regulation and specifically Section 4.51 Education and Training address WHMIS training requirements. Also refer to Guidelines Part 4 – Ergonomics (MSI) requirements. Hazardous Products Act.

 

In British Columbia, workplace health and safety legislation is governed by the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation. Part 4 General Conditions of the OHS Reguation and specically Section 4.51 Education and Training address WHMIS training requirements. Also refer to Guidelines Part 4 - Erogonomics (MSI) requirements.

An employer must ensure that a worker who works with a controlled product or performs work involving the manufacture of a controlled product receives WHMIS training. Controlled products are chemicals that fit in one or more of six hazard classes defined by the federal Hazard Products Act.

For more information on this submitted alert: 
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation

 

http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/Home.asp

 

Ergonomics (MSI) Requirements Part 4 General Conditions

 

http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/Ergonomics/RegulationsandGuidelines.asp

 

Guidelines Part 4 – Ergonomics (MSI) requirements

 

http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/GuidelinePart4.asp?ReportID=34204

 

Ergonomics Prevention Resources and References

 

http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/Ergonomics/Home.asp

 

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