Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WHMIS is a comprehensive system for providing health and safety information on the safe use of hazardous products in Canadian workplaces. Recent changes in federal and provincial legislation have updated WHMIS, now known as WHMIS 2015, to reflect alignment with the worldwide hazard communication system known as GHS - the globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals.
As with the previous version of WHMIS, under WHMIS 2015, Simon Fraser University (SFU), as employer, must ensure that all hazardous products are properly labelled and ensure up-to-date Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are readily available for anyone working with hazardous products. SFU must also provide worker education and training and ensure appropriate control measures to protect the health and safety of workers.
To allow time for suppliers, employers and workers to adjust to the new system, WHMIS 2015 implementation is being phased in over a multi-year period.
Environmental Health & Research Safety (EHRS) has summarized key information about WHMIS 2015 here.
For additional information, refer to federal and provincial resources below. If there are questions or concerns, contact EHRS.
All SFU employees who work where hazardous products are used, stored or handled must successfully complete WHMIS training.
An online WHMIS module is available to all SFU faculty, staff and students through Canvas. The module (v2 updated in January 2018) is aligned with the most recent version of WHMIS, known as WHMIS 2015.