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Which regulation covers WHMIS?

February 17, 20232 min read

In British Columbia, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is regulated by WorkSafeBC through the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. This regulation requires employers to identify and control hazardous materials in the workplace, to properly label and store hazardous products, and to provide workers with training and education on the hazards associated with the materials they work with.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, employers must have a written hazard control program that includes procedures for the safe use, storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials. Employers must also ensure that hazardous materials are properly labeled, and that safety data sheets are available for all hazardous products in the workplace, as well as requirements for worker training and education on WHMIS.

In addition, employers are required to provide workers with WHMIS training that covers the identification of hazardous materials, the hazards associated with those materials, and the safe handling and storage of hazardous products. Workers must be trained before they begin work with hazardous materials, and employers must ensure that workers have ongoing access to WHMIS training and education.

Overall, compliance with WHMIS and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation is essential for ensuring the safe handling and storage of hazardous materials in the workplace, and for preventing workplace injuries and illnesses associated with these materials. Employers and workers must understand and comply with these regulations in order to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses associated with hazardous materials.

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