WHMIS & Chemical Safety

Changes to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Legislation – WHMIS 2015

Amendments to the federal Hazardous Products Act and the new Hazardous Products Regulations came into effect February 11, 2015 under the authority of Health Canada. These changes integrate Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (WHMIS 2015).  All employers must be fully transitioned to the new WHMIS 2015 system by December 1, 2018.  This means all hazardous products must have the new WHMIS 2015 labels and Safety Data Sheets available.

Anyone working with or in close proximity to WHMIS hazardous products must receive generic and job-specific WHMIS training.  Recertification is required every 3 years.  Supervisors/instructors are also required to provide job-specific WHMIS training for the hazardous products used on the job or during academic studies.

Contact Safety Services to register for WHMIS 2015 training, compliant labels and advice.

WHMIS 2015 How Does It Affect Me?

      WHMIS Label Template Avery 22827(large)

       WHMIS Label Template Avery 5164 (medium)

       WHMIS label Template Avery 48163 (small)(this label does not contain pictograms)

To assist in completing the new WHMIS 2015 label requirements use the following website https://chemicalsafety.com/sds-search/ copy and paste the hazard statements and precautions into the label templates.

The GHS hazard symbols in the templates are greyed out but you can click whichever ones that are appropriate to make them appear/disappear or you clear them with the button (which does not actually get printed).

For small containers (100 mL) or less the label only requires the “Product Name” and the words “See SDS”. 


Further information on WHMIS 2015 is also available at the links below:

WHMIS 2015  - Information for Employers

WHMIS 2015 - Information for Workers

Transition from WHMIS 1988 to 2015

WHMIS Portal

CCOHS_WHMIS 2015 Information.pdf (This series of documents outlines the requirements for WHMIS 2015)


CHEMATIX Chemical Inventory Management System: The University has implemented the CHEMATIX chemical inventory system to facilitate the management and inventory of chemicals used for various academic and operational needs within its campus. All laboratories, workshops, storage areas, etc. where chemicals are used and/or stored must be registered in CHEMATIX. Contact Safety Services to register. 

CHEMATIX uses barcodes as a unique identifier to track chemical containers.  The system tracks hazardous materials from “cradle to grave”  and will assist the University in achieving good business practices as well as meeting its regulatory requirements to maintain an inventory of all chemicals being used and stored within its facilities. Use the CHEMATIX test system for training and the production system to access the chemical inventory.  

EXCISE CANADA ETHANOL CONTROL RECORDS: Canada Customs and Revenue Agency requires that ethanol storage cabinets be kept locked at all times and that a record of all ethanol usage be kept. 

The log must detail the date, quantity of ethanol received or dispensed, the balance on hand, a signature of the recipient, and the purpose for ethanol dispensation (note: this must be for scientific research purposes only). THESE RECORDS MUST BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE AND AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT ALL TIMES.