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The simple answer to the questions is, most Canadian workers require WHMIS training.
The primary goal of WHMIS training is to protect workers in Canada from chemical hazards in the workplace.
Just by examining that one sentence, we can narrow things down.
For someone to require WHMIS training, they need to be a worker in Canada and have the potential to be exposed to chemical hazards in the workplace.
The fact is, hazardous products can be found in nearly all workplaces. And regardless of a worker’s job position and duties, in most cases, the potential exists for them to be exposed to these products.
Listed below are the various types of jobs where WHMIS training is frequently required.
Note: This is not a complete list, and it should not be assumed that if your industry or specific job is not included, that you do not require WHMIS training. Most Canadian employees will require WHMIS training.
Factory Workers: Most factory workers work with gasoline, cleaning products and lubricants, which are undeniably hazardous products. These workers, therefore, require WHMIS training.
Automotive: Most automotive employees work with fluids and lubricants on a daily basis. Many of these fluids are hazardous products and require WHMIS training that is workplace specific.
Retail and Food Industry: Workers in the food and retail industry require WHMIS training for the cleaning products that they deal with. These include floor cleaners, industrial strength gum cleaners, compressed gas, oils and many more.
Cleaners: These workers deal with chemicals and hazardous materials regularly. Some of the hazardous products they are exposed to include window cleaners and industrial strength floor cleaners among others. They, therefore, require both general WHMIS training and site specific WHMIS training.
Contractors: Many contractors work with hazardous products, such as driveway sealers, paints, and solvents, sealants, and glues, as well as many others. Due to the nature of their duties, WHMIS training will be required for most contractors.
Office Staff: Many companies do not provide WHMIS training to their office workers. This can be extremely dangerous. Some office workers can be exposed to industrial cleaning products and ink cartridges, which are hazardous products and require WHMIS training.
Healthcare / Laboratory Workers: Healthcare and laboratory workers are typically exposed to hazardous chemicals regularly and usually require both general and site-specific WHMIS training.
Co-op Students / Interns: These are typically temporary employees and work for a company only for a short period. They may, however, still be exposed to hazardous products in the workplace and require WHMIS training prior to beginning their duties.
Volunteers: WHMIS training for volunteers can vary. In some jurisdictions, volunteers do not meet the definition of a worker and therefore, do not legally require WHMIS training. It is, however, a good idea to give general training to volunteers to ensure that they know how to handle controlled products safely.
Students and Teachers: Workshop, biology, and chemistry teachers work with hazardous products more often and requireWHMIS training. Students are similar to volunteers because they are not paid and therefore, may not legally require WHMIS training. Many institutions, however, choose to train such students to make sure they safely handle the hazardous products and react accordingly in emergent situations. The training is also essential for co-op students as it prepares them for the workforce.