WHMIS 2015 - Training


Important Information
Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Some companies are sharing that they are receiving high pressure sales calls alluding to the fact that our current system is outdated and everyone has to be re-trained in the new WHMIS 2015.
This is not true. We are in a transition period and it will take time before the new programs is legislated. Health Canada is still in the process of changing the legislation Canada Wide (Federally) and after that is completed it will roll out to the provinces to adopt the new legislation.

Changes are in the works...
Health Canada is the government body responsible for making the required changes to the overall federal WHMIS-related laws. Note that WHMIS-related occupational health and safety regulations for the provinces, territories and federally regulated workplaces will also require updating.

At this point-This is impacting "Suppliers" Canada Wide (Who is the supplier a company who manufactures, distributes, imports hazardous materials for re-sale)The WHMIS 2015 legislation is currently in force. "In force" means thatsuppliersmay begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada. However, there is a transition period with various stages. At the outset of the transition period, thesuppliermust fully comply with either the repealedControlled Products Regulations(WHMIS 1988) or the HPR (WHMIS 2015) for a specific controlled or hazardous product. The classification, label and (material) SDS must comply fully with the specific regulation chosen by the supplier, and not be a combination of the two.

What will this mean for Canadian Businesses
It will eventually mean that anyone exposed to a hazardous material or likely to be exposed to a hazardous material will have to be retrained under the new Globalized Harmonized System (GHS).

When should I begin education and training programs for WHMIS 2015?TheHazardous Products Regulationswere published in Canada Gazette, Part II on February 11, 2015.  Both the amendedHazardous ProductsAct and new regulations are currently in force.  "In force" means thatsuppliersmay begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada.

As such, you may begin to see hazardous products that follow WHMIS 2015 requirements.  During the transition period, you may receive hazardous products that follow either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements. To ensure worker protection, employers must educate and train workers about WHMIS 2015 as new labels and SDSs appear in their workplaces. During the transition period, employers may continue to have WHMIS 1988 labels and MSDSs in the workplace - if so, they must also continue to educate workers about WHMIS 1988. Employers must review and comply with the WHMIS requirements of their occupational health and safety jurisdiction.

Notethat education and training requirements fall under the WHMIS-related occupational health and safety regulations for the provinces, territories and federally regulated workplaces. These laws are currently being updated.Consult your local jurisdiction for information on specific requirements and transition timelines.

Will there be a need to provide education and training in both old WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015?

Yes. Keep in mind that education and training on the 'old' WHMIS 1988 system will be necessary for as long as workplace products have 'old' WHMIS style labels and MSDSs - for example, until the product is re-labelled or existing stock is used up. This situation will exist until the transition to WHMIS 2015 is complete.

Construction companies will have to take the new 'Working At Heights' program as of April 1, 2015. Please check back to this page for updates about the new Working At Heights program from Employers First.  If you are not a construction company or worker, you can still take the 'Fall Protection' course offered by Employers First.


As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • travel restraint systems
  • fall restricting systems
  • fall arrest systems
  • safety nets
  • work belts or safety belts

There is a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

Get 2/3 of your training paid for with the Canada Job Grant


Employers First is pleased to offer access to specific training programs that are tailored to the needs of today's businesses.  We have perfected our approach to Health and Safety training and support by putting together a plan that is affordable and time saving - allowing you to focus on core activities while having a Health and Safety program that meets all areas of compliance. To learn more please visit our Unlimited Training Savings Plan page. Employers First offers 42 training courses including WHMIS, Fall Protection, Forklift, Aerial/Scissor Lift, Ladder Safety, Asbestos Awareness, Confined Space and many more.  Our training is done in-studio or via webinar, and you are always trained by a professional trainer who can answer your questions.

In addition, you are provided with a Policy & Procedure manual and access to the Hotline Service, which connects you to a Senior Consultant to provide one-on-one consulation on employee issues, WSIB, Ministry of Labour issues or general health and safety advice.  It's a great package and coupled with the discounts from the Training Grants, it's an incredible value.  Packages for 1-5 Employees start at $1100 for unlimited training, but with the grant reimbursement you will only pay 2/3 of that - around $366 - with the balance to be reinvested in your business.  It's hard to beat this value so please contact us today to get the application process started.


Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015


Canada Job Grant provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:


  •  Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  •  Require employers to contribute 1/3 of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  •  Require training to be delivered by a eligilble, third-party trainer (Employers First is the eligible trainer)


If you're an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada Job Grant might be right for you. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  We have access to programs in all provinces, please contact us to confirm your eligibilty.  To date, we have not had any applications denied!

To learn more about this program, and Employers First, please contact Dave Ferguson at 1-877-271-7505 or




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Employers First Inc. is dedicated to protecting business owners and their employees through exceptional Health & Safety training and ongoing support.

Our goal is to offer a complete range of resources designed to educate and empower workers and give employers peace of mind knowing they are meeting compliance requirements while saving time and money.

We offer training and certification for dozens of different programs and pieces of machinery and equipment from Forklift training and Arc Flash to WHMIS and Fall Arrest and just about everything in between. For a complete listing of the various training courses we offer please visit or call 1-877-271-7505

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