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Understand and properly apply the information on a WHMIS 1988 material safety data sheet - Canadian version.

WHMIS 1988: MSDS Publications

Product Description

The following WHMIS 1988 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) publications are available for free in HTML format as reference and historical materials. CCOHS also offers WHMIS 2015 guidance and resources.

Publication Title
Understanding a 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 Safety Data Sheet: A Guide to First-Aid Recommendations


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 WHMIS 1988 MSDSs.

Target Audience

Intended primarily as guides for non-technical users of MSDSs, including:

  • Managers and Supervisors responsible for WHMIS 1988 compliance
  • Workers who have taken a WHMIS 1988 course and would like a handy reference for explanations and more detailed information
  • 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 SDSs or who use SDSs to plan and establish first aid programs for chemicals.

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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