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National Office of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
Pan-Canadian WHMIS Hazard Communication Symposium
February 8 & 9, 2007
Ottawa, Canada
1. General MSDS and WHMIS Resources
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System - Official National Site.
Reference Manual for the WHMIS Requirements of the Hazardous Products Act and Controlled Products Regulations
CCOHS: MSDS Publications
To help you understand and properly apply the information on an MSDS:
  • Understanding a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  • MSDS - An Explanation of Common Terms
  • The MSDS: A Basic Guide for Users - Canadian WHMIS Version
  • The MSDS: A Basic Guide For Users - International Version
  • The MSDS (International Format): A Brief Summary Of Canadian Requirements
  • The MSDS - A Practical Guide to First Aid
Guidance Documents Relating to WHMIS Supplier Requirements
  • Acts and Regulations
  • Classification related
  • Label related
  • MSDS related
  • Trade Secret related
  • Posters
2. WHMIS MSDS Compliance Working Group
WHMIS Compliance
National WHMIS Compliance Policy
Responsible Care®
3. Hazard Communication / MSDS Quality:
The Problem with Material Safety Data Sheets. J. Beach. Occupational Medicine Vol 52 No. 2, pp67-68, 2002
Implementation of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System in the Federal Jurisdiction - Pilot Study. Health Canada. 2006.
WHMIS Information Bulletin, Issue No. 12 - Guidelines for the Disclosure Of Toxicological Information on a Material Safety Data Sheet. Health Canada. 1997
The Verification of Hazardous Ingredients Disclosures in Selected Material Safety Data Sheets. Welsh MS, et al. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Volume 15(5): 409–420, 2000
Health Information in Material Safety Data Sheets for a Chemical that Causes Asthma. Frazier LM, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2001 February; 16(2): 89–93.
WHMIS -- Here Today, Where Tomorrow? Bideshi D.A. Canadian Chemical News, 2001 (register to read through library)
4. Primary Prevention of Occupational Chronic Disease:
Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Cancers in Canada: A Best Practices Review and Recommendations - Executive Summary. National Committee on Environmental and Occupational Exposures, Primary Prevention Action Group, Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. May 2006.
The Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control: A Cancer Plan for Canada. Discussion paper. 2006.
Listing Occupational Carcinogens. Siemiatycki J., et al. Environ Health Perspect 112:1447–1459 (2004)
Physician diagnosed asthma, respiratory symptoms, and associations with workplace tasks among radiographers in Ontario, Canada. Liss GM, et al. Occup Environ Med 2003;60:254–261
Hospitalization among Workers Compensated for Occupational Asthma. Liss GM, et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med Vol 162. pp 112–118, 2000
Work related asthma. Liss GM, Tarlo SM. Occup Environ Med 2002;59:503–504
Occupational asthma: an approach to diagnosis and management. Tarlo SM and Liss GM. CMAJ; APR. 1, 2003; 168 (7): 867-871.
Practical implications of studies in occupational rhinoconjunctivitis. Tarlo SM and Liss GM. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003;112:1047-9.
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