- How easy is it to write a WHMIS-compliant MSDS?
- How can I see CANWrite in action?
- I am really happy to see the French language translation feature. Will CANWrite phrases be offered in other languages?
- I am new to writing MSDSs. Can CANWrite help me get started?
- Can I author a joint Canadian/US compliant document?
- Does CANWrite fully comply with ANSI Z400.1-2004?
- Can I customize my MSDSs using the CANWrite software?
- Does CANWrite support the inclusion of NFPA or HMIS ratings?
- Can I auto-populate my MSDS based on ingredients?
- Can I print WHMIS labels based on my MSDS?
CCOHS has found there to be a very short learning curve (literally a few hours) and experienced MSDS authors can quickly produce an accurate, complete, WHMIS-compliant MSDS in a very short time with the added bonus of a tremendous cost savings for French translation.
Key information on CANWrite is available at: www.ccohs.ca/products/canwrite/
CCOHS provides a free web-based presentation (webinar) highlighting features of the software. We encourage everyone to take CANWrite – The Guided Tour, which is available from this web page. Once you have seen the webinar, give us a call at 1-800-668-4284 or e-mail email@example.com to arrange for a personalized demonstration of the software with one of our content specialists.
Currently CANWrite can produce MSDSs in English and Canadian French. Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish will be offered in the near future. Other languages will be offered depending on user feedback.
CANWrite contains a wealth of information in the software help. CANWrite provides tips, helpful resources and information on how to complete each MSDS data field, section-by-section. The CANWrite authoring order was designed to facilitate the logical, step-by-step authoring of MSDS content.
Yes. CANWrite’s system has been designed to support WHMIS/OSHA compliant documents.
Yes, CANWrite’s format complies with the American National Standards Institute standard for Hazardous Industrial Chemicals - Material Safety Data Sheets – Preparation (ANSI Z400.1-2004).
There are several ways that you can customize your MSDS, as follows:
- You can add your own company logo, manufacturer/supplier and emergency contact information to your MSDSs.
- You can add customized field labels in several MSDS sections (e.g. Regulatory Information, Exposure Guidelines and Physical and Chemical Properties).
- You can add custom phrases and free text content to your MSDSs.
- Data fields left blank will not appear on your MSDS.
CANWrite has the option to include numerical NFPA Ratings. It currently does not provide the facility to include the NFPA graphical diamond.
CANWrite does not currently provide for HMIS, but it can be added into one of the customizable fields offered within the software.
CCOHS will be working closely with users to develop additional tools and features that they value. Addition of the NFPA graphical diamond and/or HMIS data fields can be provided if there is sufficient interest.
In order to help you efficiently write and maintain your MSDSs, CANWrite will automatically populate and update occupational exposure limits, carcinogenicity and toxicological information from your Ingredient Sheets into relevant MSDSs. For other sections, we have implemented other powerful features that give you quick, integrated access to your ingredient information from within the MSDS that you are authoring. You can easily copy and paste selected ingredient information and information from the valuable resources provided in the CANWrite resources window into your MSDS.
Currently CANWrite does not offer this feature, but we are looking to add this capability in when we release the GHS version of the software.
Each database record contains currency information as to when the data was last updated. For example, in CHEMINFO there is the Revision/Preparation Date as well as Revision Indicators at the end of each record. These dates will guide you as to when the information was last updated. CCOHS processes database updates on a quarterly basis.
The regulatory and advisory information (e.g. IARC carcinogenicity status) that is provided with CANWrite is updated as quickly as possible after new information data is published.
CCOHS’s Chemical Notification Service will notify you when database updates have occurred to your registered ingredients.
The database engine used is Microsoft SQL Server, version 2005. SQL Server will install on your computer during the CANWrite installation if you do not currently have SQL Server on your system.
Yes, your MSDS can be exported as an RTF or TXT document, which are both supported by Microsoft Word. You can also export your MSDS in PDF and HTML formats.
Please contact CCOHS Client Services if you have further questions about these products and services.