WHMIS/GHS & Lab Skills & Lab Safety

Learn how to use the Workplace Hazard Management Information System

Q.  WHMIS:  What is changing and when will the new hazard classification system be in effect?

A.  It is important to educate yourself, as well as your students, on the WHMIS 2015 hazard classification system.

As of December 2018, it will be a requirement for all Canadian workplaces to be using the WHMIS 2015 hazard classification system. This means that you will likely see products purchased for the classroom this year with
the new labels.

Students should be able to answer these questions for hazardous products they work with:

  •   What are the hazards of the product?/ Where can I get further information?
    Students should be oriented through hands-on training for specific products used in their courses, but they should also be educated on how to read hazardous product symbols, labels and Safety Data Sheets.
  •   How do I protect myself from these hazards? (e.g., personal protective equipment, safe handling procedures, etc.)
  •   What do I do in case of an emergency? (i.e., what are the procedures in our classroom environment?)

Learn how to use the Global Harmonized System


Lab Reports:


Lab reports:  CER Learn how to write a lab report conclusion

CER Framework:   

(CER means that you will make a claim for what you learned in the lab, provide evidence for the claim and then use reasoning to explain the reasoning behind your evidence) to write up the conclusion.

Learn how to write a lab report conclusion 

Environmental Chemistry:

Learn more about how to recycle plastics .  This resource, established by the American Council of Chemistry is currently the most comprehensive online resource for the recovery of plastic bags and product wraps. This multi-purpose resource helps consumers, recycling coordinators and businesses find out where to bring back plastic bags for recycling, how to locate a hauler or an end market, or how to set up a plastic bag recycling program.

More information from the ACC about plastic/thin film recycling

Periodic Tables

Interactive Periodic Table

Successful students will be able to:
Safety Equipment:

  • 1. List the safety and protective equipment available in the laboratory
  • 2. Describe how and when to use each piece of equipment

Emergency Procedures:

  • 3. Indicate on a school map the location of the nearest fire alarm and appropriate fire exits
  • 4. List sources of first-aid assistance other than the classroom teacher

Hazards and Rules of Safe Conduct:

  • 5. Describe common laboratory hazards
  • 6. Describe the appropriate procedure or technique for dealing with particular hazards
  • 7. Produce a list of general rules of safe laboratory conduct
  • 8. Display a conscious safety attitude in the laboratory

Safe Lab practices:



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