Chemical safety

SFU has a comprehensive chemical safety program that applies to all areas where hazardous chemical agents are used, stored or handled.


Overview of legislation

SFU must meet the legal requirements for chemical safety in the workplace as detailed in the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, specifically:

SFU also must adhere to several pieces of federal legislation that relate to the use of certain chemicals:

  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and related regulations
  • Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act and related regulations
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (Chemicals Management Plan)

SFU Chemical Safety Committee

The Simon Fraser University Chemical Safety Committee is authorized to review the University’s practices with respect to the procurement, storage, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals. The committee reviews existing practices in teaching and research laboratories in order to assess compliance, identify best practices and/or find areas for improvement.  

Inspections and audits

In accordance with the BC Occupational Health and Safety regulation, laboratories with hazardous chemicals must be periodically inspected. Refer to general laboratory safety/inspections for more information and resources.

Environmental Health and Safety may conduct periodic audits of completed inspections to assess the current state of compliance with chemical safety requirements.

Chemical inventory

An online laboratory hazard inventory allows SFU to better meet important regulatory requirements. Use the system to create and manage your laboratory chemical inventory and to produce the chemical hazard door sign.


Do you need to update your chemical hazard door sign? Visit the hazard inventory.

For more signage information, refer to chemical safety signage.