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Updated to meet the latest Canadian and US requirements. Produce a WHMIS 2015 and HCS 2012 compliant SDS in the same document.

Affordable and easy to use, CANWrite helps you meet the challenge of writing and maintaining accurate, understandable, and complete SDSs.

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  • Produces 16-section SDSs according to:
    • WHMIS 2015 (Hazardous Products Regulations)
    • HCS 2012 (OSHA Hazard Communication Standard)
    • WHMIS 1988 (Controlled Products Regulations)
  • Detailed hazard classification worksheets support accurate hazard classification
  • Provides an Acute Toxicity Estimate (ATE) Calculator
  • Automatically generates WHMIS 2015 and HCS 2012 Label Elements (pictograms, signal word, hazard and precautionary statements) based on the hazard classification.
  • Includes compliance oriented audit tools for WHMIS 2015, HCS 2012, WHMIS 1988, and generic GHS.
  • Includes hazard classifications prescribed in Schedule 4 of the Hazardous Products Regulations (WHMIS Prescribed Classifications).
  • Facilitates translation by automatically generating standardized phrases in French and Spanish.
  • Easy updating with auto-populating key ingredient-based information, such as exposure guidelines, and toxicological, ecological and regulatory information.
  • Provides seamless access to credible online chemical hazard and regulatory information databases, including CHEMINFO, HSDB®, and RTECS®.
  • Links key hazards to appropriate hazard controls and emergency response measures using built-in logic.
  • Ensures your SDSs are consistent, reliable, and understandable to a broad audience by providing a large library of clear language phrases.
  • Provides phrases for important, but sometimes overlooked, hazards such as chemical incompatibilities and confined space hazards.
  • Allows you to write multiple SDSs for similar products using the SDS template option.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows 8; Windows 8.1
  • Minimum of 1 GB of RAM (4 GB or more is recommended)
  • 3.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet access
  • Supported Web browsers: Recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari



Why Buy CANWrite

CANWrite helps you to comply with US and Canadian requirements

  • Write one SDS for both Canadian and US markets.
  • Use the classification worksheet to complete an accurate hazard assessment.
  • Use the WHMIS 2015, HCS 2012 and WHMIS 1988 audit tools to verify that all required information is present.
  • Protect trade secrets in a manner fully compliant with Canadian and US laws.

Note: CANWrite's flexibility allows its format to be adapted to make it suitable for SDS requirements of other jurisdictions.

Efficiently maintain your SDSs with CANWrite

  • Update exposure limits once in your Ingredient Sheets and all linked SDSs and templates will be automatically updated.
  • Quickly identify SDSs due for updating.
  • Quickly find SDSs containing specific ingredients that require modification.

Easily customize your SDSs with CANWrite

  • Add your company logos and other company specific information.
  • Modify field headings as required.
  • Add custom phrases to suit your needs.

CANWrite is competitively priced

  • CANWrite offers many key features that are typically only found in much higher priced software. One such feature is that CANWrite's standardized phrases are generated in English, French, and Spanish simultaneously – saving you significant SDS translation costs.
  • Straight forward pricing – there are no hidden costs.

Access unparalleled client support

  • CCOHS specialists are on hand to provide advice and technical assistance to help you get the most out of CANWrite.

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I am new to writing SDSs. Can CANWrite help me get started?

CANWrite provides a wealth of information including tips, helpful resources and information on how to complete each SDS data field, section-by-section. The CANWrite authoring order was designed to facilitate the logical, step-by-step authoring of SDS content.

What database engine do I require to run CANWrite?

The database engine used is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Express Edition. SQL Server will install on your computer during the CANWrite installation if you do not currently have SQL Server on your system.

Can I save an SDS as a Microsoft Word document?

Yes, your SDS can be exported as an RTF or TXT document, which are both supported by Microsoft Word. You can also export your SDS in PDF and HTML formats.

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