WHMIS is Changing!

As of June 2015, the former Controlled Products Legislation (enacted December 31, 1987) was repealed and the new Hazardous Products Act and Regulations (HPA / HPR) came into effect for Canada. Under the new HPA/HPR, the content of the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) has changed to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of hazard assessment and communication. This change will help standardize the way chemical hazards are classified and communicated globally which increases effectiveness and decreases costs to companies that produce, import, export or sell hazardous products.

Any person who has already completed WHMIS / Chemical Safety certification at the Okanagan campus prior to July 1, 2015 will have to take the new on-line version of the course (available below) and request a re-qualification certificate through the on-line platform. Once complete a new WHMIS & Chemical Safety course certificate will be sent to users via Campus Mail.

We have integrated the Okanagan and Vancouver UBC Chemical Safety Courses into a single on-line course and a site specific practical session. Access to the course is through Moodle (below) with a Campus Wide Log-in (CWL) account.



Chemical Safety (containing WHMIS)

Register using the instructions below if you need to complete the Chemical Safety (contains WHMIS) Course at the UBC Okanagan campus:

The ChemSafe Course has 2 components:

  • An on-line course (12 modules) through Moodle – a CWL is required to login.
  • A lab practical & final exam

You may complete the on-line portion at anytime through the link below. You must complete the lab practical and exam (70% pass mark) after the on-line portion to obtain your certification. Do not register for the WHMIS only course – it is not intended for lab / studio users.


Course Details

Course Facilitator:  Risk Management Services Advisor
Phone #: 250-807-8656
Information: Bring lab coat and safety eyewear to the practical training.

Dress appropriately to be in the lab.

There is no cost to the campus community for taking this course.

Course Description

This course is open to students, staff & faculty working with chemicals or in labs where chemicals are handled. The participants will, at the completion of the course, be able to know elements of the legislation in order to be compliant to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. They will know the symbols for the different classes of chemicals, how to access the material safety data sheets in order to protect themselves while working. The participants will also be able to apply proper techniques and good acceptable practices associated with handling and storing chemicals.

How to enroll – New Users

Online Moodle Course Material

  1. Go to the link and log-in using your Campus Wide Login (CWL) –  Moodle/course . The course is called “Chemical Safety”
  2. Complete all sections. More sections will become available as you complete each section
  3. When you complete the on-line portion, you will be able to register for the practical session.

Lab Practical and Final Exam

The next available lab practical sessions and exams are below:

Date: Time:
Non Lab User Practical Sessions:
Upon Request
Lab User Practical Sessions:
Tuesday, November 20

Friday, December 14

Thursday, January 3

Tuesday, February 19

12:00 – 3:00

8:30 – 11:30

12:00 – 3:00

12:00 – 3:00

Sci 219

Sci 119

Sci 119

Sci 119


To Register for Lab Practical

Registration becomes available after completion of the on-line course.