WHMIS – The Worker Hazardous Materials Information System
We very much appreciate your time and effort to learn about WHMIS. We apologise for any inconvenience it may cause you. Our top priority is to make certain that you and your crew members are aware of the hazards you may be exposed to so you are kept safe at all times. Some of the materials we work with like insulation or cement have the potential to harm workers if they are not used in a safe manner. To make certain you and your crew understand how to safely use potentially hazardous substances we require training on WHMIS.
Over the next two years, the current system is being transitioned to a new globalized system that will standardize items such as warnings, labeling and safety data sheets. Unfortunately, until the transition is complete, everyone must be trained on the old and new systems. Please watch the WHMIS training videos we have provided. A brief quiz will follow the video confirming your knowledge.
Please be aware that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) mentioned in these videos are kept in a binder near the Health and Safety boards in the ReStore or in the construction trailer on our build sites. Prior to starting work, you should always confirm how to safely use the material you and your crew are working with or may be exposed to during the work day. Contact the ReStore Manager or Site Supervisor, she/he will be able to provide the information you require. If at any time you are not sure about the safety of the materials you are using, Stop The Work. At Habitat for Humanity Halton Mississauga, you have the right to refuse any work for which you do not feel comfortable. Do not proceed with the work until you understand the safe use practices and are wearing the proper personal protective equipment.