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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 2015 (WHMIS) is Canada's national chemical hazard communication standard. Under WHMIS, workers have the right to receive information about each hazardous product they use. The goal of WHMIS is to reduce injury and disease by communicating specific health and safety information about hazardous products to workers. The key elements of the system are labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and education and training.

WHMIS training

Two online training courses are available via Blackboard:

Basic WHMIS 2015 — for employees who may be exposed or have the potential to be exposed to hazardous products at the workplace (i.e., administrative functions, business support services, etc.).

WHMIS 2015 — for employees who use, store, handle or dispose of hazardous products at the workplace.


How to self-enrol in the WHMIS course: 

  • Log into MyClass using your employee email address and your UFV email password
  • Click on the 'Courses' tab, then search for WHMIS
  • Choose either Basic WHMIS 2015 or WHMIS 2015 (ignore the error message).
  • Click on +Enroll in the left-hand side navigation menu. On mobile devices, you will need to expand the navigation menu by clicking on the navigation arrow above the error message.

 If you are having trouble enrolling in WHMIS, see the Instructions to Access WHMIS Training.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

A material safety data sheet (SDS) provides critical information on chemical products and substances. Each SDS covers physical and chemical properties and associated risks, along with instructions for preventive, protective, and first aid measures. Before you use a chemical product, you have the right to study its SDS to make sure you are properly trained in how to use it safely.

UFV maintains an SDS database account for the use of the UFV community. You'll find instructions for how to access the database below.

How to access UFV Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

  • Make sure your computer is connected to the UFV network via Direct Access or the Remote Desktop Protocol.
  • Open File Explorer and open This PC.
  • Open the employee drive.
  • Open the folder marked public.
  • Open the folder marked EHS programs, then the folder marked WHMIS.
  • You will now see an SDS Database shortcut.
  • Double-click the shortcut to be automatically logged into the database.

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