WHMIS - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Royal Roads University maintains an effective WHMIS program, wherever staff may be exposed to any hazardous substances that may affect their health and safety. RRU is committed to:

  • Where possible, substituting non-hazardous products for hazardous products;
  • Investigating and employing effective methods to minimize or isolate worker contact with hazardous products;
  • Employing the use of personal protective equipment where administrative and engineering controls are not practicable or feasible.

This program shall be reviewed annually, as part of the Safety Program Audit.

Education & Training

All RRU staff that may have an occasion to use a WHMIS hazardous product or come into contact with such products in the course of their work will be provided with education that will familiarize them with “What’s WHMIS”. The actual use and safe application of a hazardous product will be provided via direct training from the department supervisor.


Whenever any WHMIS-hazardous product is brought onto RRU premises, they should be labeled with Product Identification Labels from the manufacturer or supplier, in accordance with WCB guidelines. Should a hazardous product be delivered that does not have such labeling, the supplier is to be contacted immediately in order to provide such labeling.

Any time a hazardous product is decantered or placed into smaller, more manageable container, there will be a workplace label applied to the new containers that will identify the product. Workplace labels are available from your supervisor or from the Human Resources office.

All tanks, piping systems or other storage containers are to be labeled or identified as to contents, hazards and precautions for handling.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a technical document that provides detailed and comprehensive information on specific hazards, safe handling information, and emergency procedures for a hazardous product used in the workplace. Royal Roads University has a SDS for each hazardous product, and these are made available to all staff for their further knowledge about hazardous products on campus.

These SDS's will indicate: Product identification name; the ingredients; physical data (i.e. boiling point; freezing point; fire and explosion hazard; health hazards & first aid; reactivity data; spill or leak procedures, special personal protective equipment requirements); and other safety precautions. SDS’s for all hazardous products on campus are available in either electronic or hard copy versions from the Lab or P&ER. In addition, hardcopies of SDS’s are maintained at work locations (i.e. mechanical rooms, labs, custodial rooms).

Emergency Spill Clean-up Procedures

Where necessary, emergency spill clean-up procedures will be developed and posted and workers will be trained in their use. These procedures will form part of the emergency preparedness plans.