Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada's national hazard communication standard. The WHMIS standard is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in Canadian workplaces that is legislated by both federal and provincial jurisdictions.
The key elements of WHMIS are labelling and the provision of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for WHMIS controlled products in addition to worker education and training programs. Controlled products are those that meet the hazard criteria set out in the Controlled Product Regulations under the Federal Hazardous Products Act.
At BCIT all employees are required to take WHMIS training. WHMIS training is available online and can be taken from your workstation, the Human Resources learning lab, or from any computer* with an internet connection.
Instructors can also arrange for training for their students using the same system by contacting BCIT's WHMIS coordinator.
Please ensure that you have read and understood the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Policy [PDF], the BCIT Matrix of Responsibility [PDF] and summary of Student and Employee Rights as they pertain to work at BCIT.