Section overview

The policies and procedures of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are necessary to ensure the occupational safety of security guards and those they interact with. The trainer identifies how to control workplace risks and hazards, how to apply appropriate responses to emergency situations and how to communicate workplace safety requirements.

Suggested duration

In class: 1 hour
Outside class: 1 hour

Minimum requirements

  1. outline the OHSA
  2. outline the WHMIS


The trainer provides a brief introduction to the OHSA and WHMIS. Security guards need to know and understand how the OHSA and WHMIS apply to themselves and to others. The trainer should also cover the right to refuse unsafe work.

Working/detailed knowledge


Suggested methodology

  1. lecture with brief discussion
  2. provide examples of security situations in which OHSA and WHMIS apply (e.g. accepting a delivery of hazardous materials, fire on the premises close to hazardous materials, security guard on patrol noticing a hazardous container leaking, etc.)

Suggested training evaluation for section

A quiz that requires the student to apply the OHSA and WHMIS to common security guard situations.