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CANWrite™

Streamline your SDS authoring



Affordable and easy to use, CANWrite™ helps you meet the challenge of writing and maintaining accurate, understandable, and complete safety data sheets.


Overview

Meet the latest Canadian and US requirements

Write one SDS for both markets. Built-in audit tools make sure you have all the required information. Use the classification worksheet to complete accurate hazard assessments. Protect trade secrets in compliance with the law.

Work smarter, not harder

Update exposure limits once in your Ingredient Sheets and all linked SDSs and templates are automatically updated. Quickly identify SDSs that are due for updates or include specific ingredients.

Make it your own

Add your company logo and info, modify field headings as needed, and create custom phrases to suit your business needs.

Fair price, full support

Get a full suite of features, including the ability to write SDSs in English, French and Spanish* simultaneously, at a fair price. If you need advice or technical help, a CCOHS specialist is a call or e-mail away.

Features

Compliance

  • Produce 16-section SDSs according to:
    • WHMIS 2015 (Hazardous Products Regulations)
    • HCS 2012 (OSHA Hazard Communication Standard)
    • WHMIS 1988 (Controlled Products Regulations).
  • Automatically generate WHMIS 2015 and HCS 2012 Label Elements based on the hazard classification.
  • Includes hazard classifications prescribed in Schedule 4 of the Hazardous Products Regulations (WHMIS Prescribed Classifications).
  • Includes compliance-oriented audit tools for WHMIS 2015, HCS 2012, WHMIS 1988, and generic GHS.
First SDS screenshot
First SDS screenshot

Tools

  • Detailed hazard classification worksheets support accurate hazard classification
  • Acute Toxicity Estimate (ATE) Calculator
  • Seamless access to online chemical hazard and regulatory information databases, including CHEMINFO, HSDB®, and RTECS®

Easy updating and linking

  • Automatically update key information such as exposure guidelines and toxicological, ecological and regulatory information, based on changes you make once in your ingredient sheets.
  • Key hazards are linked to appropriate hazard controls and emergency response measures.
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Be consistent, clear and complete

  • Access a large library of clear language phrases including important but sometimes overlooked hazards such as chemical incompatibilities and confined space hazards.

Produce more

  • Generate French and Spanish* SDSs with standardized phrases included.
  • Write multiple SDSs for similar products using the SDS template option.
  • Adapt CANWrite to suit the SDS requirements in your jurisdiction.

Samples

Sample SDSs screenshot

These sample SDSs were generated using CANWrite and its built-in translation capabilities.

*NOTE: Spanish language SDS generation is available as an additional option

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

I am new to writing safety data sheets. 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, but you will need to have technical knowledge of how to write an SDS. The CANWrite authoring order was designed to facilitate the logical, step-by-step authoring of SDS content.

Can I save my safety data sheet 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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SDS Resources

Free WHMIS 2015 SDS Template

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A free template containing the minimum information elements for an SDS required by Schedule 1 of the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) (WHMIS 2015).

Free MSDS to WHMIS 2015 SDS White Paper

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This white paper provides guidance on how to transition information from an existing 16-section ANSI format WHMIS 1988 MSDS to a WHMIS 2015 SDS.

Tech Specs

Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating systems Minimum 1 GB / Recommended 4 GB of RAM 3.5 GB of available hard disk space

Internet access

Recent versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari web browsers

BOOK A DEMO

Tell us how you will be using CANWrite and we will put together a personalized, online CANWrite demonstration for you.

To purchase or learn more about CANWrite, please contact us.