The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has been revised, effective December 1, 2018. The revised program, previously referred to as WHMIS 2015 will now be called WHMIS.

Revisions include the following:

  • New classes of hazards
  • All new pictograms/symbols
  • Revised labeling requirements
  • Changes to contents of "safety data sheets" (SDS) (versus material safety data sheets [MSDS]) 

How does this affect me?

If you work with hazardous products at the university:

For questions about the program, contact EHS.

What are the new symbols/hazard categories?

WHMIS has a new set of hazard categories and pictograms/symbols. Refer to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) WHMIS 2015 -- Pictograms fact sheet or Pictograms comparison document to learn more. 


What are the new labeling requirements?

Supplier labels have a few new requirements. Review the WHMIS labels information document document for more information. 

Here are some workplace label templates to get you started:

What are safety data sheets?

Safety data sheets (SDSs) replace material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and include more information. Refer to the SDS information document for details.