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

Safety Trainings Cancelled Until May 1, 2020

Please note that EHS has cancelled all in-person training courses until May 1, 2020. We are working to be able to offer safety training courses online, where available.


  • 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)

Revised January 2018: No refresher exam available prior to attending this new Live course (i.e. the first refresher course will be available as of December 2020).

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 using the McGill Human Resources Staff Development course registration system. No online presentation is currently available.

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 en utilisant le système d'inscription de la Direction des ressources humaines de McGill

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


Winter & Spring 2020


January 6 (Monday) 11h45 to 13h45 Stewart Biology, Amphitheatre S 1/3

Organized for BIOC220 Lab Course [vicky.kottis [at] mcgill.ca].

e-certificates sent on January 29
January 10 (Friday) 14h to 16h Leacock, room 232   e-certificates sent on February 13
January 23 (Thursday) 10h30 to 12h30 ENGMC 13 Organized for CIVE202 Course [andrew.boyd [at] mcgill.ca]. Presence is mandatory. No registration necessary e-certificates sent on February 26
February 10 (Monday) 14h to 16h Leacock, room 232   e-certificates sent on March 12
March 10 (Tuesday) 14h to 16h Leacock, room 232 Awaiting for e certification production  
April 15 (Wednesday) 14h30 to 16h30 Leacock, room 232 Course is cancelled. Please pick another session. EHS Admin March 17  
May 5 (Tuesday) 9h to 11h Leacock, room 232 Registration is open  
June 15 (Monday) 9h to 11h Leacock, room 232 Registration is open  

Macdonald Campus Locations


Winter & Spring 2020

January 13 (Monday) 10h30 to 12h30 Raymond, R2-046   e-certificates sent on February 14
January 31 (Friday) 11h30 to 13h30 CC-163

Paul-Guy Duhamel Dietetics Lab Students must attend and no registration is required. contact: paul-guy.duhamel [at] mcgill.ca.

However, 20 additional places will be available to other staff and students.

e-certificates sent on March 5
February 21 (Friday) 12h to 14h Raymond, R3-045   -certificates sent on March 5
March 16 (Monday) 10h30 to 12h30 Raymond, R2-046   Cancelled. Please register to another session. March 17, 2020
May 7 (Thursday) 10h30 to 12h30 CC-150   Registration is open

Session française

Date Heure Lieu / Langue STATUS

Campus de Centre-ville


Automne 2019

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


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