HS55 – Material Safety Data Sheets

Material safety data sheets for hazardous materials.

Responsible Unit | Information Confidentiality Classification | Retention | Disposition | Authority | Retention Rationale | Other Units with Copies | Personal Information BanksVersion Information

Content & Scope

As part of Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, material safety data sheets provide information on the safe use of and potential hazards associated with particular chemicals and products. They are available in University workplaces as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Responsible Unit

Units using controlled products.

Information Confidentiality Classification



Retain the latest version of an MSDS for a product while the product is in use.




  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, s. 37 & 3.
  • O.Reg. 860: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations.

Retention Rationale

The retention period is based on operational use.

Approval Date

19 December 2011