Beyond protecting the health and safety of your employees, another reason employers should ensure they are following all relevant WHMIS legislation is the possibility for workplace inspections. Inspectors may enter any workplace provided that they have reasonable grounds to believe that a) an activity related to WHMIS is being conducted on the premises (i.e., hazardous materials are being used or stored on-site); or b) an object related to WHMIS regulation (e.g., a hazardous product) is located at the workplace. Generally speaking, inspectors will check that your workplace is compliant with all regulations related to WHMIS and verify that hazardous products have proper SDSs. They will also check that the employer has a WHMIS compliant health and safety program in place. This is one reason why it’s important to comply with WHMIS regulations, have an expert conduct an audit of your facility, provide appropriate WHMIS training and maintain accurate and up-to-date records on your WHMIS program and safety activities.
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