WHMIS 2015

What is WHMIS 2015?

"WHMIS 2015" refers to a new set of standards for categorizing and labelling hazardous products.The changes are as follows:

  • New classes of hazards
  • All new pictograms/symbols
  • Revised labelling 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, you should begin to transition to WHMIS 2015 standards:

Full compliance with the program is required by 2018. For questions about the program and its impact on you, contact EHS.

What are the new symbols/hazard categories?

WHMIS 2015 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 labelling requirements?

Supplier labels have a few new requirements. Review the CCOHS WHMIS 2015 -- Labels fact sheet or Label comparison 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 CCOHS WHMIS 2015 -- Safety Data Sheets fact sheet or MSDS versus SDS comparison document for details.