W.H.M.I.S. Workplace Hazardous Material Information System for Forest Workers

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W.H.M.I.S. ~ Workplace Hazaderous Materials Information System Course
Compliant with 2015 GHS updates


This online course is designed for those people who work in the forest industry in British Columbia and may be required to fight Wildland fires. This course is not necessarily transferable to other industries.


Section 1- What is W.H.M.I.S.?
Section 2- What are the worker's rights in the work place?
Section 3- What hazardous products will the worker find on the job site?
Section 4- W.H.M.I.S. Symbols
Section 5- Understanding the W.H.M.I.S. label
Section 6- How should hazardous products be handled
Section 7- What are Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Section 8- Special on-site hazards
Section 9- Other aspects of W.H.M.I.S.

If wish to take this course, please follow these instructions:

As soon as the payment is received, we will send you an email letter of confirmation. You can use this letter as proof of course completion. Your W.H.M.I.S. for forest workers certification wallet card will be sent to you within 2-3 working days.

Part One, Sections 1 and 2

Section 1 - What is W.H.M.I.S.?

W.H.I.M.S., Workplace Hazardous Material Information System, is an information program put together by Government and Industry to educate workers about the hazardous materials they may encounter in the work place.

The goal is to educate the worker in the recognition and safe handling of these materials in order to protect their health and safety. As of February, 2015, W.H.M.I.S. became internationally coordinated thru GHS (Globally Harmonized System)

After taking the course, the worker should be able to;

- Know the hazards associated with controlled products.

- Know how to protect themselves from injury when using these products.

- Know what to do in an emergency if a worker comes in contact with a controlled substance.

- Know where to get more information about a controlled product.

What are hazardous materials, also know as controlled products ?

A hazardous material is any substance that can cause injury or health problems to anyone coming in physical contact with the material or breathing in the vapors.

These injuries can be anything from simple eye or skin irritation to internal organ damage or cancer. Materials that can cause fire or explosions are also included in this program as well as materials that can be harmful to the environment.

What is the legislation associated with the W.H.M.I.S. program ?

Federal Legislation, Hazardous Products Act and the Controlled Products Regulations, deals with the importation, labeling and sale of controlled products.

Provincial Legislation, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, covers the use of hazardous materials in the workplace.

The Administrating Authority in British Columbia is WorkSafeBC, They can be contacted via their web site, www.worksafebc.com

WorkSafeBC, the Worker's Compensation Board of BC, is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of British Columbia.

Section 2 - What are the worker's rights in the work place?

Every worker in British Columbia has the right to protect themselves from hazardous materials and dangerous situations while employed.

Every worker has the right to know what sort of material they are handling, how to handle it, and how to protect themselves from any harmful effects that material my pose.

Every worker has the right to refuse to work in dangerous situations if they are not properly trained or do not have the associated approved protective gear.

In other words, you have a legal right to refuse to do work that can be dangerous to your health or safety unless you are properly trained and protected.

Your primary job is to get home safely each day...!

Questions for Sections One and Two

Is the following statement True or False;
1- W.H.M.I.S. stands for Workplace Hazardous Material Information System.
True False

2- The goal of the W.H.M.I.S. program is to educate the worker in the recognition and safe handling of hazardous materials.
True False

3- A hazardous material, can only cause damage if it touches your skin.
True False

4- W.H.M.I.S. is administrated by your employer.
True False

5- Workers in BC have the right to refuse work with hazardous materials if they are not properly trained or have the associated protective gear.
True False

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