WHMIS 2015 resources

Safety data sheets (SDS)

  • Hazardous products - The University of Ottawa subscribes to the ChemWatch database of more than 13 million safety data sheets (SDS/MSDS) provided by manufacturers of pure compounds, products and mixtures. In addition, ChemWatch provides more than 100,000 "ChemGold" SDSs, which consolidate chemical hazard information from multiple sources into a single comprehensive document and distills that information further into one-page mini-SDSs or safety summaries. This database enables students and staff to review these SDS in multiple languages. Access is available on campus networks or via VPN.
  • Biohazardous products - many laboratory workers, whether in research, public health, teaching, etc., are exposed to not only chemicals but infectious substances as well. Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDS) are produced for personnel working in the life sciences as quick safety reference material relating to infectious micro-organisms.


The product (supplier) label serves as one of the primary sources of information about the contents of a container. It is vital that the information depicted is properly understood by end users. The label must be bilingual (French/English) and legible. If the supplier label becomes damaged or unreadable for any reason, the label must be replaced with a workplace label containing the following information:

  1. Product identifier (product name matching that on the SDS),
  2. Information for the safe handling of the product, and
  3. A statement that the SDS is available

Information for the safe handling of the product refers to precautions that a person must take to minimize potential adverse health effects or injury. These precautions can be conveyed through pictures, words, symbols or equivalent means and are usually available on the SDS.

Example WHMIS 2015 Label
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