The WHMIS Training Program   UPDATE PENDING

WHMIS (or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) is the Canadian system for conveying information about hazardous chemicals used in the workplace from chemical manufacturers and importers and suppliers to employers, and from employers to workers. The WHMIS Training Program enables workers to demonstrate understanding about the purpose, content, significance, and application of information contained in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and WHMIS labels. An added bonus is that The WHMIS Training Program is completely self-contained. It even contains a template for printing wallet cards. An employer can do the training in-house without future expense.

The WHMIS Training Program includes the hardcover WHMIS Reference Manual and a CD-ROM containing the fully illustrated Worker Handbook, a slide presentation, and forms. All of these are printable.

The WHMIS Reference Manual explains WHMIS requirements for training and education, and provides a comprehensive strategy for implementing and complying with them. An important component of this strategy is training itself, since this involves issues of illiteracy, and differences in age, gender, education, and cultural background. Included are over 130 answered questions that focus on practical aspects of WHMIS. These include, for example, strategies for communicating hazard information about highly emotional subjects, such as cancer, and birth and reproductive effects. provides useful information about how to use legal obligations to obtain information from manufacturers and importers and suppliers. The WHMIS Reference Manual also includes information about hazardous consumer products, and the ramifications of, and strategies for using them in the workplace.

The Worker Handbook contains more than 100 diagrams that illustrate in simple, but technically correct terms, the concepts in MSDSs and WHMIS labels. The Worker Handbook is suitable for use in classroom sessions guided by an instructor, as well as self-study. Also included are common questions and answers about WHMIS, information found in the MSDS and WHMIS label, and information about symbols and labelling required on hazardous consumer products. Lastly, the Worker Handbook contains a test for checking mastery of the information.