OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 29 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Section 396 Hazardous wastes

While hazardous wastes are exempt from WHMIS, the employer is still required to ensure that they are safely stored and handled at the work site and that workers are appropriately trained. However, the employer may use discretion in selecting the method of storage and training, as long as workers are adequately protected. The key is to use a system that is appropriate to the workplace and that is understood and followed by workers. Acceptable methods of identifying the waste include placards, coded labels or work site labels as long as they clearly identify the contents of the product containers.