must establish training programs and site specific training for workers
who are likely to be exposed to hazardous products in the workplace.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that products are labeled and
that a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is present for each product.
They must also ensure MSDS documents are readily available to workers.
- Employers must:
- Provide Equipment, materials and protective devices as prescribed
- Ensure Equipment, materials and protective devices are maintained in good condition
- Make sure measures and procedures prescribed are carried out in workplace
- Ensure Equipment, materials and protective devices provided are used as prescribed
- Appoint a competent person as a supervisor
- Provide information, instruction and supervision to worker to protect safety of worker
- Acquaint a worker or a person in authority over a worker with any workplace hazards
- Afford assistance to joint health and safety committee
- Prepare and review at least annually a written OH&S policy and develop a program to implement that policy
- Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the worker.
- Supervisors Must
- Ensure worker uses or wears the equipment and/or PPE required by employer
- Advise worker of any potential or actual danger to worker’s safety
- Ensure worker works in compliance with OH&S Act and Regulations
- Provide a worker with written instructions
- Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the worker
- Directors and Officers Must:
- Take all reasonable care to ensure that the corporation complies with:
- The Act and Regulations
- Orders and requirements of inspectors and directors
- Orders of the Minister
Workers have the right to:
- Stop work
are required to participate in WHMIS training programs plus site
specific training. The purpose of the training is to help employees work
safely with hazardous materials. They may also inform employers when
labels on containers have been accidentally removed or if the label is
no longer readable.
- Work in compliance with OH&S Act and Regulations
- Use or wear equipment and/or PPE required by employer
- Report any contravention of OH&S Act and Regulations
- Report absence or defect in any equipment or protective device
- Not engage in any horseplay, or rough and boisterous conduct
employers and workers all have responsibilities in the Hazardous
Products Act. Canadian suppliers are those who sell or import products.
When this product is considered a “controlled product” according to the
WHMIS legislation, a supplier must label the product or container, and
it must provide a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to their customers.
The purpose of the labels is to clearly identify the contents of the
and the MSDS is to explain what those hazards are.