In Canada, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is designed to help employers train and educate employees regarding the safety of hazardous materials. Here is a look at some of the common questions employees tend to have when taking an online WHMIS training program and the answers you should know.
What are the primary purposes of WHMIS training?
WHMIS training programs are specifically put in place to protect the safety of the employees and the general safe environment of a business. Employees who have been exposed to this training are more equipped to handle certain situations that could otherwise cause them harm or could create a risk in the workplace where hazardous materials are concerned.
What will WHMIS training include?
During your online training, you will be exposed to several topics related to hazardous materials in the workplace. The details of each training program can vary a bit depending on the employer and what types of hazardous materials you can be exposed to. A few examples of things that can be covered during the training program include:
- Understanding the labels that are attached to or associated with hazardous materials
- Proper and safe handling of different types of hazardous materials in the workplace
- How to handle an emergency situation with hazardous materials, such as a spill or a fire
- What to do if you are exposed to hazardous materials
- Protective equipment required when handling some types of hazardous materials
How often will you have to redo the training?
Even though most employers will only be required to take the training at the onset of employment, employers may have to update training periodically according to changes in the workplace. It is not uncommon for the employer to decide that WHMIS training should be done every year or every few years so employees are consistently educated and updated. Simply follow the guidelines set forth by your employer when it comes to retaking the training.
Will the training program take a long time to complete?
WHMIS training programs usually do not take a long time to complete if they are the most basic form. Depending on the requirements set forth by the employer, the program may be completed in as little as a few hours or several hours. With an online training program, employers can break up their training into smaller, easier to digest segments so they are capable of taking in and retaining more information.