Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHMIS) Training

Getting Started with EHS Training

For Students & Staff with a UTORid:

You must first create a profile for “My EHS Training” before registering and taking any EHS course. From the main training page, log into the “My EHS Training” at the bottom of the page using your UofT credentials (UTORid and UofT email address).  Note that you must use a computer on campus (or through UTORvpn) . WARNING: If you do not register with “My EHS Training”, your WHMIS record will be deleted from Quercus and not updated in the EHS database.

For Individuals without a UTORid:

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

WHMIS and Lab Safety (EHS101) for Lab Users

Who needs this:  Anyone who works or studies with or near hazardous materials in a U of T wet lab.

Prerequisite: None

Frequency: You must take this course ONCE, then take the refresher (EHS112) annually thereafter.

WHMIS and Lab Safety (EHS101) is an online training course for those who work or study with or near hazardous materials in U of T wet labs. The course is a basic introduction to the labelling, training and safety data sheet (SDS) requirements of the WHMIS legislation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 860). There is also an awareness component covering some of the chemical and general lab safety hazards that you might encounter.

This course is an overview of the WHMIS requirements and does not cover specific workplace procedures or materials. Workplace-specific training will be provided by your supervisor.


WHMIS Refresher (EHS112)

Who needs this:  Anyone who works or studies with or near hazardous materials in a U of T wet lab.

Prerequisite:  EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety. The previous version of the course EHS005 WHMIS (1988) is also an acceptable pre-requisite. Training from other institutions is not an accepted prerequisite.

Frequency: You must take this course annually.

The WHMIS 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 SDS sheets. All lab users at U of T that continue to work with or near hazardous materials are required to take this course within one year of having taken EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety and every year thereafter.


WHMIS Non-Lab Staff (EHS576)

This course is for non-laboratory staff such as:

  1. Office and non-research staff in a research-intensive department (e.g., may be involved in ordering chemicals, overseeing chemical storage locations)
  2. Facilities management, maintenance and caretaking staff
  3. Employees and supervisors of employees who work with or near controlled products

Annual Refresher

Units/divisions have two options for the annual refresher:

  1. Re-take this course (EHS576) annually. Training registration and records are available through the MY EHS Training webpage; OR,
  2. Complete an annual WHMIS Refresher Self-Study. Records are kept by the unit/division (not EHS). The Self-Study consists of two (2) parts:

Units/division that have annual re-training may also integrate WHMIS  into their curriculum as a 3rd option for meeting requirements.

Laboratory Academic Supervisor Safety Training (EHS009)

The online Laboratory Academic Supervisor Safety training program was developed by Environmental Health and Safety to assist academic supervisors at UofT 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 UofT, safety requirements for different types of work, legal responsibility of academic supervisors, the internal responsibility system, legislation, enforcement, due diligence and incident response in addition to other topics.