Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

WHMIS 2015

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides health and safety information about hazardous products in the workplace.

WHMIS 2015 is an updated information system for chemical products stored, handled or used in Canadian workplaces. The transition phases, associated with the updates to this system, are coming to an end. As of December 1, 2018, all workplaces are expected to be in compliance with the new WHMIS requirements.

To prepare for the full implementation of WHMIS 2015, workplaces have a number of options for old WHMIS products to comply with the new requirements. The following options are recommended:

  1. Use up WHMIS 1988 products.

  2. Re-label WHMIS 1988 products with a WHMIS 2015 compliant workplace label, and obtain or prepare a WHMIS 2015 compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

    A workplace label is a label the employer produces and is required when:
    • A hazardous product is produced (made) and used in your workplace.
    • A hazardous product is imported directly to the workplace and either has no supplier label or has one that does not meet requirements of the Hazardous Products Regulations and the product is only being used at the workplace.
    • A supplier label becomes lost or unreadable.
    • A hazardous product is decanted (transferred or poured) into another container.

    Workplace labels are not needed in the following two cases:
    1. When a hazardous product is decanted from a container that has a supplier or workplace label on it into a portable container, and:
      • the decanted product stays under the control of the person who decanted it, and
      • the decanted product’s name (product identifier) is marked on the container, and
      • all of the decanted product will be used during the same shift.

      For example, if you pour a hazardous product into a container (such as a jar, spray bottle, or bucket), you write the product’s name on the container, you’ll be the only person who will use the decanted product, and you’ll use all of it during the same shift, then you don’t need to apply a label.

    2. When you’ll use the decanted product immediately and completely. In this situation, you don’t need to apply a workplace label or write the product’s name on the container.

    Below is an example of a workplace label:

    Workplace Label

    Click here for more information on how to create a workplace label.

  3. Re-label WHMIS 1988 products with a WHMIS 2015 compliant supplier label, and obtain or prepare a WHMIS 2015 compliant Safety Data Sheet.

    A supplier label is provided for each hazardous product by the supplier. Supplier labels must be clearly and prominently displayed on the container.

    Below is an example of a WHMIS 2015 supplier label:

    Supplier Label

    Click here for additional information on supplier labels.

  4. Safely dispose of WHMIS 1988 products that cannot be brought into compliance with WHMIS 2015.

    Please visit the following websites to learn more about safely disposing WHMIS 1988 products:

    Island Waste Management Corporation
    Atlantic Used Oil Management Association

  5. Educate and train workers so they understand the hazards and know how to work safely with hazardous products.

    The PEI WHMIS Regulations require employers to inform, educate and train workers who “work with a hazardous product or may be exposed to a hazardous product in the course of the worker’s activities.”

    Education and training can be thought of as two separate parts.

    Education refers to general information such as:

    • How WHMIS works
    • The hazards associated with the hazardous products in use in the workplace
    • The content required on labels and SDSs, and the significance of this information
    • The rights and responsibilities of employers and workers

    Education is often covered through a general WHMIS course where a certificate is issued.

    Training refers to the site and job specific information to employees that will cover your workplace’s procedures for storage, handling, use, disposal, emergencies, spills and what to do in unusual situations.

    Employers have a responsibility to ensure their workers are sufficiently knowledgeable on WHMIS to do the work safely. The employer is responsible to determine whether a worker has been properly trained. Workers should be able to answer the questions below for every hazardous product they work with:

    • What are the hazards of the product?
    • How do I protect myself from those hazards?
    • What do I do in case of an emergency?
    • Where can I get further information?

    If the worker is unable to answer the questions above, it may be an indication that the worker does not fully comprehend the education and training provided and may be required to attend the training again.

Additional Resources

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - WHMIS
WHMIS 2015 for Workers

Guide to WHMIS 2015 for PEI Workplaces         WHMIS 2015: Guide for Employers and Employees         WHMIS Pictogram Poster