Chemical Safety and Hygiene

Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

WHMIS training is a requirement for any employee handling or working around hazardous products. A hazardous product is any substance that meets the criteria specified in the Hazardous Products Act (HPA). WHMIS is workplace specific, therefore, WHMIS certification received at places of employment other than UBC does not transfer over.

All new employees handling or working around hazardous products must enroll in the online WHMIS course. WHMIS training has two components.  The first is an online component through Moodle.  The second component is a lab practical training session. Visit the Course Registration webpage for more information.

Laboratory Safety Guidebook

In order to keep the campus community safe and in compliance with applicable regulations and policies, each lab on campus should have a laboratory safety binder for the lab users that is unique to that lab. As part of the 2011 Lab Review process, HSE will be providing each lab with a customizable Laboratory Safety Guidebook. Once complete the Guidebook will contain University level information related to health, safety and the environment as well as customized laboratory specific information for methods, policies and procedures. Because every laboratory is unique, the specific information in this book will be different from the one next door. These mandatory safety guidebook templates are designed to allow lab users to create laboratory rules and procedures that are consistent with applicable legislation and University Policy, but are customized to each lab. The template format was chosen to limit the amount of work needed by each PI to complete a Guidebook.   In the beginning only a few templates will be made available.  You will be notified by e-mail when new templates become available.

Lab Design Guidelines

These guidelines should be followed as an aid to designing any laboratories on campus. If there are any questions or concerns in relation to the content, HSE can be engaged for further support.