WHMIS Training & Education: What’s the Difference?
June 27, 2018
Alberta Bill 30 makes a distinction between education and training as does WHMIS 2015. Chemscape will breakdown for you what the distinction is between both and how you can develop your WHMIS program accordingly.
- Education can be a general knowledge on WHMIS 2015, including:
- A knowledge of how WHMIS works.
- Understand the roles and responsibilities under WHMIS.
- Know the difference between physical and health hazards classifications.
- Understand the hazard pictograms.
- Know what a supplier label and workplace label is.
- Understand a Safety Data Sheet and what information about the product you can find on it.
- Education also covers knowledge on the hazards of the products you work with everyday. This includes being able to answer the 5 Fundamental Questions on working safely with a hazardous product:
- What is the product?
- What are the hazards of the product?
- How do you work safely with it?
- What do you do in an emergency?
- Where do you find more information on the product?
- Training refers to the site- and job-specific information to employees that will cover your workplace's procedures for storage, handling, use, disposal, emergencies, spills, and what to do in unusual situations.
- Demonstrate the procedures required for safe use, handling and disposal of a hazardous product.
- Demonstrate the procedures required when the product is contained; for example, in a pipe, piping system, vessel, tank car, etc.
- Demonstrate the procedure to follow if the hazardous product may be present in the air and a worker may be exposed.
- Demonstrate the procedures that must be followed in an emergency that involves the hazardous product.
Action: Visit our resources page to download our comprehensive WHMIS 2015 implementation checklist. Remember, employers need to have their workers trained on WHMIS 2015 by Dec 1, 2019.