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E-course demystifies Material Safety Data Sheets

Hamilton, ON -- Anyone working with a hazardous material should understand its hazards, as well as the necessary co...

Health & Safety

September 20, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Hamilton, ON — Anyone working with a hazardous material should understand its hazards, as well as the necessary controls for working safely with the material and what to do in case of an emergency.

Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) makes it a legal requirement for employers to supply chemical safety information to all workers, through labels on chemical products, and material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and to provide appropriate training. An MSDS contains information on how to safely handle the product and is an important part of a workplace chemical safety program. Understanding this information is essential!

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) now offers an e-learning course designed to be part of a full chemical safety training program. “WHMIS: Understanding MSDSs” teaches workers, supervisors and health and safety committee members, and anyone who uses MSDSs about the 16 different sections of an MSDS covering product identification, hazard identification and control, emergency preparedness and response, and more.

Course participants will gain an understanding of the purpose of WHMIS labels and MSDSs. They will learn to appreciate the significance of the information that’s required in the different sections of an MSDS. The course explains how to identify hazards and precautions from a product label and MSDS. The course also includes a glossary of chemical terminology and information on where to get additional information.


This intermediate level course meets the requirements of provincial and federal regulations in Canada for MSDS training. A computer with Internet access is the only equipment required. Participants can learn at their convenience, at their own pace and in their own environment. This e-course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

CCOHS has an established reputation as a leading provider of thorough, authoritative information. Course contents undergo a review from labour, employer and government representatives to ensure the information and approach are credible and unbiased.

For more information and pricing, contact CCOHS Client Services at 1-800-668-4284 or905-570-8094, or visit