Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

WHMIS 2015: An Introduction

PDF Brochure — Latest Course Offering: Spring 2017
First offered Spring 2016


This course will provide an overview of the Canadian WHMIS 2015 requirements for suppliers.  

Participants are expected to have a good general understanding of the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling (GHS) and/or the U.S. Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (HCS 2012).

The course will introduce the Canadian approach to the regulation of hazardous products, the WHMIS 2015 hazard classes and categories, SDS and supplier label requirements (including exemptions from these requirements), document retention requirements, and how to protect trade secrets (Confidential Business Information).  Variances between the HCS 2012 and WHMIS 2015 implementations of the GHS will be highlighted. 

Note:  This course will not cover how to classify hazardous products.


Intended Audience

Hazard communication professionals who need to understand the Canadian WHMIS 2015 requirements and how they differ from HCS 2012.

Course Director / Instructor

Jessie Callaghan, B.Sc.

Jessie Callaghan is a Senior Technical Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Jessie’s work at CCOHS is focused on understanding the Canadian implementation of the GHS (WHMIS 2015) from the perspective of all stakeholders – government, suppliers, employers, and workers. 

Jessie is a member of the Health Canada Intergovernmental WHMIS Coordinating Committee (IWCC), and the WHMIS Current Issues Committee (CIC), as well as the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation (CAALL) GHS/WHMIS Ad Hoc Committee on Communication and Training.


Course Instructor


Jennifer Dipper, B.Sc.

Jennifer Dipper is the MMS/Legislation Supervisor at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Previously, Jennifer led a team of information specialists who responded to WHMIS 2015 inquiries received by CCOHS, and has participated in the development of WHMIS 2015 educational presentations, fact sheets, audience-specific guides, e-learning programs and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Jennifer is also a member of the team that developed the pan-Canadian web portal,


Course Instructor


Anne-Marie Besliu, B.Sc.

Anne-Marie Besliu is a Technical Specialist, Training and Education, at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). She researches health and safety topics, writes and reviews educational fact sheets and e-courses, participates in the development of the CCOHS CHEMINFO database, answers inquiries from the public, and has participated in the assessment and development of health and safety programs. Anne-Marie has been involved in in the development of WHMIS-specific guidelines and e-learning tools, and is part of CCOHS’ team of information specialists who respond to WHMIS 2015 inquiries.


Course Fee

$450.00 - Members
$540.00 - Nonmembers

Course Schedule
(subject to change)

Monday, March 27, 2017

7:30-8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfast

Introduction to WHMIS
(history, regulatory structure, responsibilities, implementation status, exclusions)

8:30-9:15 WHMIS 2015 Hazard Classes and Categories
(implemented hazard classes, prescribed classifications, variances)
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-10:00 Hazard Classification Comparison Discussion
10:00-10:45 Safety Data Sheets
(information requirements, ingredient disclosure, variances)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Safety Data Sheet Exercise
12:00-1:00 Lunch (buffet lunch included)
1:00-1:30 Supplier Labels (information requirements, variances)
Updating SDSs and Supplier Labels
1:30-2:00 Supplier Label Exercises
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Exemptions / Exemptions Exercise
3:00-3:30 Confidential Business Information
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:00 Document Retention
4:00-4:30 Employer Requirements
4:30-4:45 Resources and FAQs


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