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Ryerson University
Nutrition and Food
FNS 200
Donna Barnes

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Info System) What is WHMIS? -WHMIS protects the health & safety of employers & workers by providing info about it: if chemical is hazardous, what the hazard is, how chemical should be used, handled, stored & properly disposed. Respecting chemicals will protect workers from injuring themselves/others on the job & at home -WHMIS is a Canada wide standard that focuses on the safe use of hazardous materials, safe handling of hazardous material, proper storage of hazardous materials & proper disposal procedures for hazardous materials. -WHMIS is implemented through coordinated federal, provincial & territorial legislation incl Hazardous Product Act & Controlled Products Regulation. Each specific province has WHMIS laws that apply to businesses in those province although there are many similarities across Canada incl worker training & education, label & MSDS. -The components of WHMIS are labelling, MSDS & worker training. WHMIS has 3 key parts: -Product warning labels=workers must be able to immediately see that a hazard is present. All chemicals controlled under WHMIS must be stored in their original containers & carry a WHMIS warning label incl. WHMIS warning symbols, etc. If the material is transferred from its original container, a workplace label must be put on the new container. -MSDS=suppliers of the hazardous material must provide detailed info to employers & workers about hazardous WHMIS products used in Cdn workplaces. MSDM must be available to you for every WHMIS controlled chemical you work w/ in a workplace. -Employee training=WHMIS standard states that employees have the “right to know” meaning the right to be told about any pot hazardous materials you work w/ in your job. Employer must provide you w/ training, instruction & information about these materials. Training should be 2-part. Part I provides general info about WHMIS & part II is job-specific training on each hazardous material that you are likely to be working w/ or near -When it comes to WHMIS, it’s a joint responsibility b/w the employer & employee. Employers are responsible for establishing edu & training programs for workers, must make sure products are labelled, must ensure MSDSs are available & appoint competent supervision. Employees must participate in the training, apply the safe practice they learn & inform employer when labels are damaged/missing. Suppliers are responsible for ensuring products are labelled & for providing current MSDS but some products are exempt from WHMIS req but employer must still train you on hazards assoc’d w/ these substances. Recognizing Hazardous materials -Hazardous materials can enter the body by breathing in, absorbing through your skin, injected through your skin, eat/drink it, transfer it from hands to mouth/eyes, can be struck by an explosion or severely burned. -You can recognize hazardous materials by reading the labels & reviewing MSDS & looking at WHMIS symbols. -WHMIS symbols: -Class A: Compressed Gas=can explode & take off like a rocket, eg. propane tanks, fire extinguishers, helium tanks -Class B: Flammable/Combustible material=can burst into flames very suddenly if there is contact w/ an ignition source, eg. gasoline, degreasers, solvents, aerosol vapours -Class C: Oxidizing material=feed O2 into any fire making it larger & hotter, eg. chlorine -Class D1: Poisonous & Infectious Material (acute)=can cause immediate & serious poisoning, eg. bleach, NH4 -Class D2: Other toxic effects (chronic)=can cause slow poisoning & long-term illness, eg. varsol, paint thinners, gasoline (ingested/absorbed through skin) -Class D3: Biohazardous infectious material=can give you serious infectious disease =, eg. bodily fluids—blood & urine. -Class E: Corrosive material=can seriously harm eyes/burn skin, eg. oven cleaners, industrial laundry detergent, floor strippers -Class F: Dangerously Reactive material=can explode from vibration, shock/ sudden temp change, eg. O2 destainer. Rare to see in the service sector -Supplier labels are different from workplace levels in that they contain 7 pcs of info: product name, WHMIS symbol, risk phrases, precautionary measures, first aid measures, supplier identifier & MSDS statement; be in English & French, have distinctive slashed border. -Workplace labels must be in English & any other lang commonly spoken in the workplace & contain 4 pieces of info: product name, safe handling info, MSDS statement & WHMIS symbol. -Consumer Warning label system: precautions should be taken when using any chemical & you can recognize these by their labels. Instead of WHMIS symbols, consumer warning labels appear on common consumer products that contain harmful/hazardous chemicals; you may use some of these products on the job/at home. Products containing these labels are available through retail environments. There are 5 categories for these symbols & framed in shapes: stop sign shape (3/5 categories have this b
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