WHMIS Program

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s hazard communication system.  In 1988, WHMIS was developed to provide workers with information on the safe use, storage, production, or handling of hazardous products in the workplace. 

The transition to WHMIS 2015 is due to take place in 3 phases between the period of February 11, 2015 and full compliance at the workplace level in December 1, 2018.  During this transition phase, departments will start to receive products that reflect the new WHMIS 2015 labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

In order to meet the intent of WHMIS, students and staff will continue to recieve the appropriate information on the hazardous products used, handled and stored at the University.  Therefore all staff and students must be trained in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015.

There are three main components to WHMIS:

  • Labels
  • Training 
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Labelling Information

All hazardous products require adequate labelling to inform workers of the hazards associated with the materials they are working with. If you are working with hazardous products that have lost their supplier label, have been transferred into a secondary container, or synthesized a hazardous product, you can use the following labels to affix to your containers.

WHMIS Reference Chart
WHMIS Workplace Avery Label
GHS Pictogram (Poster) Signage

Training Materials (*NEW - Combined WHMIS Training on UMLearn*)

The province of Manitoba has laid out the following training requirements for the transition to WHMIS 2015:
•    If a hazardous product is received having both the WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 labels and SDS's the individual handling, using and storing must have training in WHMIS 1988 at minimum.
•    If a hazardous product is received having just WHMIS 2015 labels and SDSs, individuals may handle, use and store the product only if they are trained in WHMIS 2015.
Staff and students using, handling and storing hazardous products must be trained in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015.

Those working with hazardous products must receive training to ensure competency in handling these materials.

To access and complete WHMIS training at the University of Manitoba, visit our WHMIS Training webpage.

Additional Resources: WHMIS Handbook

SDS (formerly MSDS) Information

SD sheets provide information with regard to the handling, storage, first aid measures etc. associated with a particular hazardous product. SD sheets must be readily accessible by those working with the material. There are a variety of online sources that provide access to up-to-date SD sheets.

Government of Canada SDS Resource
Fisher Scientific
Sigma Aldrich
Public Health Agency of Canada 
Pathogen Safety Data Sheets
Other SDS resources