Table of Contents
1. 1988 & WHMIS 2015 / GHS Overview
2. 1988 & 2015 Classification
3. 1988 & 2015 Labels
WHMIS 2015 / GHS SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
5. 1988 Summary & Quiz
You may run across two "sizes" of MSDS Forms in Canada.
A more common one is the 9 Section Form. There is also a newer 16 Section Form.
These sections are;
Below is a Sample of a 9 Section MSDS
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS) are commonly kept in a standard 3-ring type of binder which is labelled, "MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS". EVERY CONTROLLED PRODUCT USED AT A SPECIFIC WORKSITE MUST HAVE THE CORRESPONDING MSDS INFORMATION AVAILABLE
This would also include field worksites where the MSDS information may be in a pickup truck that is NOT LOCKED.
MSDS INFORMATION may be in any language and ALL workers must be able to understand them.
MSDS INFORMATION may be on a computer as long as ALL workers know how to access this information on the computer.
The downside to a computerized MSDS system is that an emergency incident may cause a power outage at the critical time when the MSDS information is needed.
Standard 3-ring binder for Material Safety Data Sheets
There should be a designated company employee assigned to maintaining the complete WHMIS program at the workplace.
Links to a few (M)SDS Information packages
These are just a few examples / We suggest you look at a couple, there may be a quiz.
Understand there are thousands of controlled products that require and have (M)SDS's. (Check the date on any SDS)
One of the quickest ways to find an appropriate (M)SDS is via the internet.
The (M)SDS's that we link to above, may no longer be valid however they do have the major sections shown. We show them as examples.
WHMIS / GHS 2015 SDS
(Safety Data Sheet)
|SECTION 1||IDENTIFICATION (Name of Product)||- Other means of identification|
- recommended use & restrictions on use
- Canadian Supplier name and contact
- Emergency contact phone and restrictions on this number (i.e. only available Mon-Fri)
|SECTION 2||HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION||- Hazard Classification (class, category) of product|
- Label Elements (Pictogram or name of pictogram; Signal Word; Hazard Statements; Precautionary statements
- Other Hazards that may not be in classification (i.e. molten material - FUSSES)
|SECTION 3||INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS (COMPOSITION)||When a hazardous ("controlled") product is a material or substance|
- Chemical name
- Common name(s)
- Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number and identifiers
- Chemical name of impurities, stabilizing solvents and/or additives++
For each substance in a mixture that is in the Health Hazard Class +++
NOTE: Confidential business information rules may apply. This means that ALL ingredients may not be listed. However, those that may cause harm should be)
|SECTION 4||FIRST AID TREATMENT||- Describes what First-Aid actions must be carried out; depending upon exposure (i.e. inhalation, skin contact, eye contact, ingestion)|
- Critical symptoms and effects (immediate and longer term (delayed)
|SECTION 5||FIREFIGHTING MEASURES||- proper extinguishing media|
- improper extinguishing media
- Specific hazards as a result of the product being involved in fire
|SECTION 6||ACCIDENTAL RELEASE - WHAT TO DO||- personal precautions|
- - emergency procedures
- procedures and materials for containment and clean-up
|SECTION 7||HANDLING AND STORAGE||- safe handling procedures|
- proper storage (also what NOT to store with or near this product)
|SECTION 8||EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)||- control, (occupational exposure guidelines or biological exposure limits)|
- engineering controls
- Individual protection (PPE
- -hygiene considerations (ie. eye/face, skin, lungs)
|SECTION 9||PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL PROPERTIES||- physical appearance|
- odour threshold
- melting or freezing point
- boiling point and range
- flash point
- evaporation rate
- flammability (solid or gas) ; upper / lower flammable / explosive limit
|SECTION 10||STABILITY & REACTIVITY||- reactivity|
- chemical stability
- risk of hazardous reactions
- conditions to avoid
- incompatible materials (i.e. putting acetone into a styrofoam cup - it will dissolve cup)
- hazardous decomposition products (by-product)
|SECTION 11||TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION||Degree of impact on aquatic life, soil, air (toxicity, persistence)|
|SECTION 12++++||ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION||- Not required by 2015 WHMIS |
- Not adopted from GHS
- Not required by Canadian OSHA
|SECTION 13++++||DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS (Methods)||++++ (12, 13, 14, 15) These sections must have the headings listed however Canadian regulations give the supplier the option to NOT provide information.|
|SECTION 14++++||TRANSPORT INFORMATION|
|SECTION 15++++||REGULATORY INFORMATION (The Law!)|
|SECTION 16||OTHER INFORMATION|
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