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WHMIS stands for 'The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System' and is Canada's hazard communication standard. Each provincial, territorial and federal agencies responsible for occupational safety and health have established employer WHMIS requirements within their respective jurisdiction.

These requirements place an onus on employers to ensure that controlled products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace are:

1. Properly labeled,
2. MSDS's are made available to workers, and
3. Workers receive education and training to ensure the safe storage, handling and use of controlled products in the workplace.

Collision repair facilities must comply with WHMIS requirements.

Under WHMIS, the employer must provide information and training to all workers who work with, or near a controlled product such as paints, cleaners, battery acid, and hardeners. You can obtain information on WHMIS training from the Collision Industry Information Assistance website, call 1-866-309-4272, via e-mail at, or see

More information can be obtained from Health Canada's national WHMIS web site that provides a single-window for all national policies and a good source of information related to this program in Canada. See

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