Mar 14

WHMIS Certification: A CARSTAR Success Story

CARSTAR's Journey to Online WHMIS Training

In the bustling world of autobody repair, the challenge of maintaining top-tier workplace safety standards is paramount. At LC Group, an autobody repair shop network with locations in Hamilton Midtown, Lockwood, Cambridge, and Waterdown, the commitment to safety and excellence is at the core of their operations.

Co-owners, Peter Chavez and Ian Ladd, recently shared their transformative journey towards embracing online WHMIS training through JADEO, highlighting the significant impact it has had on their operations.In the ever-evolving landscape of workplace safety, the significance of WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certification cannot be overstated.

As industries diversify and encounter a myriad of hazardous materials, the need for comprehensive training tailored to specific sectors becomes paramount.
Peter Chavez, co-owner of LC Group

The Drive for Change

The onset of COVID-19 served as a catalyst for CARSTAR to pivot towards online resources for workplace safety training. The need for a more flexible, cost-effective solution was evident.

"When COVID came around we needed to use online resources as in-person training was not as available. We found that it was cheaper and most staff liked being able to do it on their own time and not staying an extra 2 hours after work hours," Peter explains.

The Challenges of Tradition

Prior to the transition, CARSTAR faced the challenge of ensuring that every team member was well-versed in the hazards associated with the chemicals they use. Traditional in-person WHMIS training sessions were not only time-consuming but also less engaging for the team. "We just needed to make sure everyone knew the specific hazards each chemical has that we use," Peter recounts.

Explore Our

Seamless Transition and Positive Reception

The shift to JADEO's online WHMIS training was described as straightforward and well-received. Employees appreciated the ability to complete training at their convenience, resulting in a seamless adaptation across the board.

Feedback from the team highlighted the program's efficiency and engagement, a stark contrast to the lengthy sessions of the past. "The one comment some made was that it was seamless and quick. Most trainings take 1-2 hours when we did them in person," says Peter.

Operational and Cultural Benefits

The transition has not only streamlined CARSTAR's training process but also positively affected the work environment. The flexibility afforded by online training means no additional hours are spent at work, allowing for a better work-life balance. Peter notes the importance of engagement in the learning process, stating, "Main feature was that It wasn’t boring. Kept people engaged and awake."

A Worthwhile Investment

From a business perspective, the switch to online WHMIS training has proven to be a valuable investment. The enhanced satisfaction and efficiency have reinforced CARSTAR's commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of their team and operations. "As long as my team is happier and cost-effective on our part. It was worthwhile," Ian asserts.

Advice for the Industry

Peter encourages other businesses in the trades to embrace technological solutions for training purposes. With a nod to the evolving workforce, he advises, "Most people will enjoy having the flexibility and as the team gets younger, they are more likely to accept technology as a medium."

A Future-Forward Approach

CARSTAR's experience with JADEO's online WHMIS training underscores the value of adopting innovative solutions for workplace safety. By prioritizing flexibility, engagement, and efficiency, they have not only enhanced their operational capabilities but also fostered a more positive and productive work environment.

Their journey serves as a compelling case for the benefits of transitioning from traditional training methods to dynamic, online platforms.

Level up your workplace safety!

More from our Blog