WHMIS & Lab Safety Training

WHMIS and Lab Safety Training (EHS101): Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System for Lab Users

The WHMIS and Lab Safety Training is an online training course for those who work or study with or near hazardous materials in University wet labs. The course is a basic introduction to the labelling, training and material/safety data sheet (M/SDS) requirements of the WHMIS legislation (O.R.860). There is also an awareness component covering some of the chemical and general lab safety hazards that you might encounter.

The course does not cover specific workplace procedures or materials, but rather is intended as a starting point for the workplace specific training that is to be provided by your supervisor.

For Students & Staff with a UTORid:

Before you take the online WHMIS please be sure to first log into the “My EHS Training” from a computer on campus to make sure your name appears at the top of the screen. If it does not, fill in the contact information requested and click “Submit”. WARNING: If you do not register with “My EHS Training” your WHMIS record will be deleted from the portal and not updated

Then please follow the: WHMIS Instructions for those with a UTORid.  We advise you printout a copy of your test results. A printout of your Training Record and/or results is sufficient for proof of completion

For those without a UTORid:

If you do not have a UTORid, please contact your Business Officer or Departmental Administrator.

Additional Resource:  Experimenting with Danger Video

This video looks at hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.


WHMIS 2015 Refresher (EHS112)

This course is for those who have already taken WHMIS at UofT. Prerequisite – EHS005 WHMIS (1988) or EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety (2015). The WHMIS 2015 Refresher course is designed to meet the ongoing training requirements of Ontario Regulation 860 – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The material includes all of the basic requirements around labelling and M/SDS sheets. All lab users at the University that continue to work with or near chemicals are required to take this course within 3 years of having taken EHS005 WHMIS (1988) or EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety (2015).


Chemical Safety and WHMIS for Summer Employees and Students (EHS501)

Description:  Chemicals and other hazardous materials are used throughout the University workplace. The WHMIS regulation, made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario, requires that all employees or students who work with or around hazardous materials must receive appropriate training so they can use and handle such materials safely. This 2 hour course will provide employees and students with generic information about WHMIS that would allow them to implement WHMIS in their own work areas.

To provide participants with a general working knowledge of chemical safety principles and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). To ensure that participants are fully aware of their right and need to know about potential hazards associated with hazardous materials in the workplace.

**Note: Further detailed training about WHMIS-related concerns specific to an employee’s or graduate student’s work is the responsibility of his/her supervisor.

Target Audience:
All summer employees and students are exposed or likely to be exposed to chemicals and other hazardous materials.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of Health and Safety at the University
  • Chemical Hazards in the Workplace
  • Protective Measures
  • Chemical Safety and the Law
  • WHMIS: Labels, MSDSs, and Training

Next Date: Summer 2017

Laboratory Academic Supervisor Safety Training (EHS009)

The online Laboratory Academic Supervisor Safety training program was developed by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to assist academic supervisors at the University in meeting their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other legislation. The presentation is less than an hour long and includes text, photographs and narration. It includes information on: setting up labs at U of T, safety requirements for different types of work, legal responsibility of academic supervisors, the internal responsibility system, legislation, enforcement, due diligence, and incident response amongst other topics.


Chemicals – Module 2: Workplace Specific Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) for the Central Steam Plant (EHS514)

The online training is a workplace specific WHMIS training session for those who have to work with or near hazardous materials at the Central Steam Plant.  This course outlines the control measures to safely use specific chemicals and describes how to handle accidental exposures and spills at the central steam plant.  Successful completion of Generic WHMIS training (Module 1) is required before taking this course.


Electrical Safety Awareness (EHS564)

This course is designed for those who work with electrified equipment but do not repair such equipment and who do not use equipment with exposed live wiring.


Hydrogen Fluoride Online Safety Training (EHS006)

The Hydrogen Fluoride Online Safety training is an audiovisual presentation that is designed for anyone who works with hydrogen fluoride (HF). Any employees, students or faculty who have to use HF in the course of their work should take this course. The course covers topics like the nature of HF, health effects of exposure, safe use and storage, and emergency procedures.