The purpose of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is to reduce injuries or diseases from hazardous materials used in the workplace. Every person working with or near controlled products has the right to know the hazards and how to safely use them.

The three key components of this information system are:

  • product labeling,
  • material safety data sheets (SDS),
  • education and training.

WHMIS training is mandatory for all staff and faculty working with or near hazardous materials, and is recommended for all personnel working in a laboratory environment.

For more information, please contact Vivian Lagaditis at  or 250-721-8876.