The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous materials and providing information on labels and safety data sheets (SDS). This transition will affect all employees at the University of Waterloo and especially those working with chemicals and in labs.
The University must meet the following criteria by December 1, 2018, to comply with the new WHMIS standards:
- All WHMIS training must be current to the new WHMIS 2015 standard.
- All chemicals require WHMIS 2015 safety data sheets and supplier labels. Any chemicals you wish to keep that do not have WHMIS 2015 labelling/signage will require updated labelling by the December 1, 2018 deadline.
Failure to comply may result in penalties from the Ministry of Labour including work stoppages and fines.
This page is here to help Waterloo supervisors navigate through this transition. Please contact the Safety Office if you have any questions.
The WHMIS 2015 transition period is now complete. Following a regulatory amendment that will enable a cost-effective and simple labeling process, the Safety Office is now commencing relabeling across campus.
Relabeling will involve the addition of a workplace label to containers bearing WHMIS 1988 labels. Existing supplier labels are not to be removed, however modification to WHMIS 1988 pictograms will occur. To ensure that relabeling is done according to WHMIS 2015 compliance requirements, the Safety Office will work with individual labs to provide the degree of assistance necessary to relabel their chemicals. We will help to identify applicable containers and provide WHMIS 2015 compliant labels.
We will be contacting departments to arrange this in due course, so laboratories must have their chemical inventories up to date and be prepared to have lab personnel ready to work with Safety Office staff. Minimizing the time to reach compliance is key, therefore we will be moving through this process as efficiently as possible.
Visit the Safety Office's chemical inventories page for more information on updating chemical inventories.
The following templates and manuals will help you navigate and use the erPortal inventory system.
- erPortal User Manual for UW Users
- Inventory Template for Importing a Laboratory Inventory - use this MS Excel based template to create and upload your initial inventory. Once you have completed the template, send it to email@example.com to have it uploaded into the system.
- UW erPortal access link