The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides information about many hazardous materials used in the workplace. WHMIS calls these hazardous materials controlled products. Under WHMIS, workers have the right to receive information about each controlled product they use---its identity, hazards, and safety precautions. WHMIS has developed a classification system of six hazard classes. These classes are depicted by eight hazard symbols that identify the specific hazards of controlled products. After a controlled product has been classified, the following three WHMIS elements are used to communicate health and safety information: WHMIS labels Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) WHMIS education and training programs CMAW provides both refresher courses and first level courses to CMAW members. Contact your local to find out when training is available.
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