WHMIS Safety Training for Students

WHMIS-2015 training is required for graduate students working in wet labs as well as undergraduate students performing special research projects, participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program and/or internship or co-op projects where hazardous materials are used. Upon successful completion of the exam, participants are provided a WHMIS training certificate. To register for a WHMIS course, see the information below.

For professors who wish to include WHMIS training in their undergraduate courses, EHS now offers “WHMIS Lite”, designed to meet the time constraints of a typical lecture slot. It does not include an exam or a certificate, however EHS will provide some WHMIS questions for those professors who wish to include them in their course exams. To request such a course, ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email EHS).

WHMIS 2015 Training

Please note that EHS has postponed all in-person training courses. We are working to be able to offer safety training courses online, where available.

Registrations for EHS safety training courses in August are on hold until August 10, 2020 due to the implementation of a new course registration system. Thank you for your patience. 

The registration form on mcgill.ca/hr-webforms is accessible while connected to McGill wifi on campus. If you are not on campus, you must connect via McGill VPN in order to access the course registration site.


  • File WHMIS 2015 FAQ Guide - please read if you have any questions when registering for the WHMIS course or exam.


Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) Training for Laboratory Personnel (Mandatory)

Target Audience: All staff and students required to handle and/or store controlled products such as hazardous materials must follow this course.

McGill students, staff and faculty must register online (course registrations are currently on hold until August 3, 2020)

Non-McGill registrants, including visitors, trainees and students with no transcript, please complete and submit the Paying Participant Training Form.

Cost (McGill): Free for the McGill Community (students, staff and faculty). When registering using the online registration system you will be prompted to enter a FOAPAL - no FOAPAL is required, therefore leave the field blank.

Content: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015 training is a legal requirement for all personnel working with controlled products in Canada. WHMIS 2015 is intended to protect the health and safety of workers by promoting access to information on hazardous materials used in the workplace. EHS' WHMIS 2015 core training introduces participants to the 4 key elements of WHMIS 2015: Classification, Training, Labeling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Certification: A WHMIS 2015 Core Training e-certificate is presented to participants who successfully complete the written exam. Certification is valid for a period of 3 years. If you have participated in a WHMIS 2015 Core Training session within the last 3 years, you are not required to attended again.

Duration: 120-minutes  (excluding online examination time)

E-Certification Status, please note: If you read "sent" in the chart below for your course date and you have not received your copy, please ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email us), along with the course date and your McGill ID.

Formation de base SIMDUT pour le personnel de laboratoire (obligatoire)

Les étudiants, employés et professeurs de McGill doivent s'inscrire en ligne 

Pour les participants externes, veuillez utiliser le formulaire en ligne pour s'inscrire au cours. 

Coût: Gratuit pour les étudiants, employés et professeurs de McGill.

Description: La formation sur le Système d'Information sur les Matières Dangereuses Utilisées au Travail (SIMDUT) est une obligation légale pour toutes personnes travaillant avec des produits contrôlés au Canada. Le SIMDUT vise à protéger la santé et la sécurité des travailleurs en favorisant l'accès à l'information sur les matières dangereuses utilisées au travail. La formation de base SIMDUT du Département de Santé, Sécurité et Environnement couvre les 3 éléments clés du SIMDUT: Étiquetage SIMDUT, Fiches Signalétiques (FS) et Formation des travailleurs.

Certification: Un certificat de formation sera décerné à chaque participant ayant complété avec succès l'examen écrit. Cette certification est valide pour une période de 3 ans. Si vous avez déjà assisté à une formation de base SIMDUT au cours des 3 dernières années, vous n'avez pas à y assister de nouveau.

Durée: 120 minutes

English Sessions

Date Time Location / Language [English] Comments /

E-certificates Status* (see above)


Downtown Campus Locations


Summer 2020


June 2 (Tuesday) 12h noon web refresher   e-certificates sent on June 12
June 12 (Friday) 12h noon Web training   -certificates sent on July 15
July 6 (Monday) 12h noon web refresher   awaiting for e-certificate
July 20 (Monday) before 12h noon web refresher   Online test is accessible until July 26
July 29 (Wednesday) 14h30 web refresher Mining & Met, organized by DSC Chair online acessible until August 4
August before 12h noon Online Course Registration will open early August Please be patient
September 14 (Monday) before 12h noon web training limited to CHEE291 students No registration needed. This course is mandatory Contact person: Prof. noemie.dorvalcourchesne [at] mcgill.ca
September XX - TBC before 12h noon web training limited to NUTR695 students No registration needed. This course is mandatory Contact person: Prof. grace.marquis [at] mcgill.ca

Macdonald Campus Locations


Spring 2020


May 7 (Thursday)

online test sent on May 5

By noon Web   e-certificates sent on May 31

Session française

Date Heure Lieu / Langue STATUS

Campus de Centre-ville


Automne 2020

A confirmer 13h à 15h 3610, rue McTavish Salle 430 la formation du 3 mai 2019 est annulée


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