News archive - 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Nanomaterials Safety Webpage

The Nanomaterials Safety Program at the University of Waterloo has been updated.  This program now features a risk assessment tool which is downloadable for use by the researcher.  For further details please go here: Nanomaterials Safety Program.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact the Safety Office at extension 33587.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Working Alone Guideline

A Guideline for Working Alone for University supervisors and employees has been developed by the Safety Office. The guide is intended to assist with the development of departmental procedures by providing criteria in which working alone may or may not be performed, and under what circumstances.

Feedback or questions can be directed to

Working Alone Guideline

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Transition to WHMIS 2015 - MSDS and SDS

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As we've heard over the past several years, the WHMIS system in Canada is changing to reflect the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets. The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Safe Chemical Handling Classroom Course

The Safety Office has developed and is now offering a course on the safe handling of chemicals.

The purpose of the course is to learn how to identify the hazards associated with a chemical in order to implement controls and processes to safely work with it.

Sign up through MyHRInfo.  Space is limited.  Sessions can be viewed here.

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