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).

To ensure consistency of WHMIS across Canada, provincial and territorial jurisdictions responsible for occupational health and safety legislation will be implementing the necessary changes to their respective legislation as soon as possible. Alberta is in the process of amending Part 29 of the OHS Code to be consistent with the federal legislation. A three year transition period is in effect where both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 systems may be used.

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.

Current WHMIS training available through Safety Services  includes both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015. Contact Safety Services to register for WHMIS training.

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

WHMIS Portal

Transition from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015 (AB OHS)

WHMIS and GHS information_March 2015.pdf

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. 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.  Contact Safety Services to register for CHEMATIX. 

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.