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2018 Changes in the Workplace

WHMIS has changed! How have my responsibilities as an employer and rights as a worker in Ontario changed?

The worker's right to know about hazards

One of the three basic rights that the OHSA gives to all workers is the right to know about hazards they may be exposed to on the job. Under WHMIS, workers have access to labels, safety data sheets and training and instruction about hazardous products. In addition, through the joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative, workers have the right to be consulted about how the WHMIS training is developed and implemented. While the OHSA does not address who should deliver WHMIS training, the Canadian Ministry of Labour regards the principle of workers training other workers as a good one, which should be encouraged where appropriate.

The worker's responsibilities

Workers also have responsibilities that support the successful implementation of a WHMIS program at a workplace. In general, a worker should:

  • read and follow instructions on product labels and safety data sheets,
  • follow procedures established for the workplace, including the use of personal protective
    equipment,
  • participate in instruction and training,
  • ask a supervisor if unsure about how to use or handle a particular product, and
  • report to the employer or supervisor any contraventions of the legislation or hazards, such
    as the absence of a safety data sheet for a new product, or a label that can no longer be read.

The ESA and minimum wage rate are not the only things that have changed! WHMIS did too! Let the team at MySDS help.

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