with chemicals can be hazardous. People who are exposed to hazardous
substances may be at risk for many serious health problems which
could lead to kidney or lung damage, allergic reactions, burns,
sterility, or cancer. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information
System (WHMIS, pronounced WI-miss) provides health and safety information
about hazardous materials. The system teaches what a product's hazards
are, how we can protect themselves from exposure, and what to do
in case of an emergency or a spill.
For every chemical we handle, we should read and have a general
This is the WHMIS information and it will help us work safely with
and near hazardous materials.
- the supplier label that is on the bottle and
- the Material Safety Datasheets that are shipped with the chemical.
labels contain hazard symbols. There are 8 hazard symbols. Put your
mouse over the symbol to get more information on these symbols.
A Material Safety Datasheet is information about a specific chemical.
you have the Flash plugin, click on the links below to view the
9 different sections.