The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
As the name implies, WHMIS is a system that is designed to provide information to employers and employees so they can safely organize work with dangerous chemicals. WHMIS was developed by representatives of the federal and provincial governments, unions and employer organizations. The program was implemented in the late 1980's by a series of acts and regulations passed in each provincial legislature and in Ottawa. In Nova Scotia, both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS regulations provide the legal basis for the system. Although there are different pieces of legislation in each Canadian jurisdiction, each is based upon a single model so WHMIS requirements are consistent across the country. WHMIS places obligations on suppliers of hazardous products as well as employers who use these products.
Both University policy and provincial regulations require that individuals working with chemicals receive WHMIS training.
To enroll in our online WHMIS 2015 course follow the instructions listed below:
1. Click on the following link: Environmental Health and Safety Training
2. Login to Brightspace using your netID and password
3. Click "Register" followed by "Submit" and then "Finish"
4. Click "Content"
5. Click on the course "Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System" on the left.
6. For proof of course completion, take a screen shot of the final course mark
It is strongly recommended that individuals trained more than three years ago also take this training.
- WHMIS 1988 Handbook [PDF - 3.2 MB]