The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) was developed to provide employers and employees with health and safety information about hazardous materials being used in their workplace. The basic components of this information delivery system are:
The Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS Regulation (Reg. 860) are two pieces of provincial legislation that establish specific duties and responsibilities that must be complied with whenever a hazardous material, or controlled product, is used, handled or stored in the workplace. Federal legislation establishes duties for suppliers of controlled products.
Date of Document: June 2006, Revised April 2012
The objectives of this procedure are to:
Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O., 1990, Chapter 0.1 as amended Regulation for Industrial Establishments, R.R.O., 1990, Reg. 851 as amended WHMIS Regulation, R.R.O 1990, Reg. 860, as amended
This procedure applies to all hazardous materials used, handled or stored in Humber, or used in Humber related activities, and to all Humber employees, students, contractors and clients.
A number of definitions are provided in the Appendix. Note that for the purpose of this procedure, “hazardous material” and “controlled product” are synonymous.
Department heads must ensure that the following requirements related to WHMIS labelling are met:
Department Heads must ensure that area-specific inventories are updated and submitted to Occupational Health & Safety Services on an annual basis. Occupational Health & Safety Services will send out a written request to initiate this process each year. The “Hazardous Materials Inventory Form” should be used to record new inventory information.
If it is an emergency, contact Public Safety:
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If time permits, take a copy of the MSDS for the product to the Health Centre or outside medical care provider. Otherwise, as long as the product has been identified and is on a Humber inventory list, Security can assist with obtaining the required MSDS and forwarding it to the Health Centre or health care provider.
Occupational Health & Safety Services is responsible for:
Humber’s JOHSC shall:
Through the purchasing process, requisitioners of contracted services are required to ensure that contractors and clients of Humber:
Federal WHMIS legislation does not apply to the sale or importation of:
This means that suppliers/manufacturers of these products do not have to provide WHMIS labels or MSDSs.
Employers, therefore, do not have to ensure that supplier WHMIS labels and MSDSs are obtained.
However, for products a through e, other requirements of the Provincial WHMIS legislation, such as providing workplace labels for decanted products and worker education are still in effect.
A WHMIS supplier label must have the distinctive hatch-marked border and provide the information in both English and French.
There are seven items of information that must be on a supplier label:
Note: If the container of the controlled product is 100 ml or less, only the first four items must be included.
A full supplier label is not required on a controlled product that meets the following three criteria:
In this case, the label does not require a border, hazard symbols or a supplier identifier.
Consumer product the product is packaged in a container that is available for sale to the general public and the container meets the labelling requirements for consumer products under the Hazardous Products Act.
Controlled product is any product, material or substance that can be included in any of the following 6 classes:
Every controlled product is designated as a hazardous material (Reg. 860 (2))
Supplier is one who manufactures, processes, packages, sells or imports a controlled product/hazardous material for use in a Canadian workplace.
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