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Inspections coming for new updated WHMIS rules

Workplace Safety North offering free one-hour webinars to let mining businesses get updated on new legislation for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
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Workplace Safety North (WSN) is presenting online webinars to help mining related businesses adapt to newer WHMIS legislation. The online events, hosted by WSN, will be held May 23 and again on June 27. WHMIS is the well-known acronym for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

The events are designed to help businesses and industries prepare for new Ontario workplace inspections on hazardous materials training and worker exposures to chemical agents, said a news release from WSN.

The one-hour events are free and will be held online through a Zoom platform available to anyone with a laptop or a smartphone. 

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development will be sending inspectors out to the industrial community in the coming year to ensure that workplaces, employers and employees are up to date on hazardous materials and exposures to chemical products. 

"Between July 2, 2024, and March 31, 2025, the Ministry will conduct inspections focused on WHMIS training based on the amended Hazardous Products Regulations and worker exposure to chemical agents in the workplace. Inspectors will be issuing requirements and orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Reg. 833 and other applicable regulations," said the news release.

The changes are taking effect over a three-year period that will end on December 14, 2025, according to the Health Canada website.

More complete details on the webinar and online registration are available on the WSN website.