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Unit 5: Contract Law

CHAPTER 19: EMPLOYMENT LAW

E-ACTIVITY: WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES (p. 585)

Activity: Create a Pamphlet on WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety Issues

What can an employee concerned about workplace safety do? How do employees and employers deal with the possibility of hazardous materials? How can work environments be made safe?

Find out more about Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) and occupational issues that may protect your health and safety. Then create a pamphlet about the subject.

  1. Visit the Web site for the Manitoba Association for School Trustees for its information about WHMIS. Search for answers to the following questions:

    • What is WHMIS?
    • When did the legislation come into effect?
    • Why was the legislation introduced?
    • What are the responsibilities of a supplier?
    • What are the responsibilities of an employer?
    • What six classes of hazardous materials are governed by WHMIS?
  2. Select the “Hazard Symbols” link to view the eight symbols. Print the graphics so that you may include them in your pamphlet.
  3. Visit the Young Workers Awareness Program. Although Ontario-based, it provides helpful suggestions for youth workers across Canada. Select the link “7 Things You’d Better Know.”

    • Identify some of the major causes of injury to youth workers.
    • Identify some of the most common injuries.
    • Highlight four hazard areas that need to be identified.
    • What laws protect youth workers?
    • What three rights are generally provided to all workers?
    • What should you expect from your employer with respect to training?
    • What should you do if you become injured or sick at your workplace?

  4. Visit the Web site for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and access the department for your jurisdiction for more information on occupational health and safety.
  5. Create your pamphlet using key information from the Web sites you have visited and graphics.

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