WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
Workers exposed to hazardous materials may be at risk for many serious health problems. Some hazardous materials can also cause fires or explosions. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides specific health and safety information about workplace hazardous materials called controlled products.
Employers must use this information as well as information specific to their workplace to educate and train workers to work safely with and near materials.
The WHMIS 2015 legislation is currently in force. “In force” means that suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada.