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CCOHS releases new chemical hazards in offices course

EcoLog, 3/4/2011 1:35:00 PM

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a new online course to help office workers identify chemical hazards.

The course - WHMIS for Office Environments - explains common chemical hazards found in office buildings, such as cleaners, paints, flammable aerosols, and gas cylinders, and provides office workers with the core knowledge needed to meet legislated Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) education requirements.

Topics include:

  • WHMIS within the total building environment, including shipping/receiving areas and outdoor spaces
  • the three key elements of WHMIS - labels, material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and worker education/training
  • working safely with WHMIS controlled products common to the office environment.

The course contains case studies, sample forms, checklists, quizzes and an exam.

The one-hour course is available to anyone who works in an office building, including workers, supervisors, managers, building operators, and cleaning/custodial workers.

CCOHS courses are reviewed by expert representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible. All online courses are available in English and French.

For more information, visit


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