Chemical Safety

The Chemical Safety Program aims to ensure the safe procurement, storage, use, and disposal of chemicals at the University of Saskatchewan. This program is designed to prevent injury / illness or property damage that can occur when chemicals are mishandled or stored improperly.



  • Contact Waste Management Facility (306) 966-8497 -- Weekdays (8 AM - 4:30 PM)

  • Contact Protective Services (306) 966-5555 -- Evenings / Weekends (24-Hour Dispatch)

  • File an incident report after the spill has been dealt with.



  • Site-specific training
    • Orientation
    • Safe work practices / Personal Protective Equipment
    • Standard operating protocols
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Proper waste disposal practices
    • Record of site-specific training (template)



For information on chemical inventories, please click here.

WHMIS Information

The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an international standard that is being implemented in Canada. Updated federal laws governing the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) come into effect on December 1, 2018. This new format of WHMIS is identified as WHMIS 2015 (replacing WHMIS 1988).


WHMIS Training

WHMIS Labelling

Safety Data Sheets

By December 1, 2018, all members of campus must have the updated online WHMIS 2015 training as offered by Safety Resources.

Register for training here.

If you have hazardous products with WHMIS 1988 labels in your workplace you must relabel WHMIS 1988 products with a WHMIS 2015 compliant workplace or supplier label:

As of December 1, 2018, all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS - 9 categories) must be replaced by Safety Data Sheets (SDS - 16 categories).

SDSs can be obtained from the supplier of the hazardous product. If you cannot obtain a current SDS, prepare a WHMIS 2015 compliant SDS using this template

Paper and / or electronic copies of SDSs are acceptable. 

Electronic / digital SDSs may be kept in this format as long as:

  • All employees have access to and are trained on how to use the computer or device;
  • The computers/devices are kept in working order;
  • The employer makes a hard copy of the SDS available to the employee or health and safety committee/representative upon request.

Click here for WHMIS 2015 Frequently Asked Questions!

Click here for the SDS Search Page


Appropriate storage containers and locations

  • Products should be stored in original packaging (as much as possible)
  • Every product must display relevent WHMIS labelling (supplier or workplace labels)
  • Secondary containment is best practice (chemical-resistant tray – to catch spills)
  • Products should be organized by chemical compatibility
  • Flammable products should be kept in flammable storage cabinets

Materials for proper handling and disposal

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Secondary containment (carrying buckets, etc.)
  • Wheeled cart or dolly for short-distance transport
  • Spill kit(s) (neutralizing or absorbing materials, disposal supplies)
  • Materials for waste disposal (plastic jugs, cardboard boxes, waste stickers, etc.)

Proper disposal of all chemicals

Resources / Posters / Information