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Understand and properly apply the information on a MSDS - Canadian version.

MSDS Publications
Collection: Canadian | International | Comprehensive
Format: Print | PDF
Language: English
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Product Description

The following MSDS publications have been updated and are now available FREE on the web in html format by following the links in the table below.

They are also available for purchase in print or as downloadable PDF collections - (Canadian, International and a Combined Canadian/International Collection). Choose the format/collection that best suits your purpose. Three collection options are available.

Publication Title HTML Print/PDF Collections
include the following publications
  FREE! Canadian Collection International Collection Combined Collection
Understanding a MSDS (13 pages)* HTML
MSDS - An Explanation of Common Terms (30 pages) HTML
The MSDS: A Basic Guide for Users - Canadian WHMIS Version (19 pages) HTML
The MSDS: A Basic Guide For Users - International Version (25 pages) HTML  
The MSDS (International Format): A Brief Summary Of Canadian Requirements (11 pages) HTML  
The Safety Data Sheet: A Guide to First-Aid Recommendations (38 pages) HTML


Although each publication has its own specific purpose the overall objective is to help you understand and properly apply the information on a MSDS.


These publications have been prepared as a source of information for anyone who works with or has an interest in understanding Material Safety Data Sheets.

Target Audience

Intended primarily as guides for non-technical users of MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets), including:

  • Managers and Supervisors responsible for WHMIS compliance
  • Workers who have taken a WHMIS course and would like a handy reference for explanations and more detailed information
  • WHMIS instructors who may use these publications as resources and handouts
  • Health and safety committee members who must evaluate and approve chemical safety plans
  • The Safety Data Sheet: A Guide to First-Aid Recommendations is useful to people responsible for the health and first aid sections of MSDSs or who use MSDSs to plan and establish first aid programs for chemicals.


  • HTML
  • Downloadable PDF Collections
  • Print Collections (spiral bound 8.5"11")

Each publication produced by CCOHS undergoes several stages of review. As part of this review, representatives from government, employers, and labour are requested to comment on draft copies of CCOHS documents for technical accuracy and readability.

Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information, it is understood that CCOHS makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of such information and assumes no liability for any damages or loss suffered as a result of any inaccuracy or incompleteness therein.

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