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  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-6996-8
  • Revised: August 2008
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009

This guideline is being updated to reflect changes that take effect July 1, 2016 as amendments to the WHMIS regulation, Regulation 860, come into force.

Information items listed by Category/Section

  1. Product Information
    • Product identifier
    • Product use
    • Manufacturer's name, street address, city, province, postal code and emergency telephone number
    • Supplier identifier and the supplier's street address, city, province, postal code and emergency telephone number
    • Product identification number (PIN)
  2. Hazardous Ingredients
    • Information required by subparagraphs 13(a)(i) to (iv) or paragraph 14(a) of the Hazardous Products Act
    • CAS number
    • LD50 (species and route)
    • LC50 (species and route)
  3. Physical Data
    • Physical state (gas, liquid or solid)
    • Odour and appearance
    • Odour threshold
    • Vapour pressure
    • Vapour density
    • Evaporation rate
    • Boiling point
    • Freezing point
    • pH
    • Specific gravity
    • Coefficient of water/oil distribution
  4. Fire or Explosion Hazard
    • Conditions of flammability
    • Means of extinction
    • Flashpoint and method of determination
    • Upper flammable limit (% by volume)
    • Lower flammable limit (% by volume)
    • Auto-ignition temperature
    • Hazardous combustion products
    • Explosion data-sensitivity to mechanical impact
    • Explosion data-sensitivity to static discharge
  5. Reactivity Data
    • Conditions under which the product is chemically unstable
    • Name of any substance or class of substance with which the product is incompatible
    • Conditions of reactivity
    • Hazardous decomposition products
  6. Toxicological Properties
    • Route of entry, including skin contact, skin absorption, eye contact, inhalation and ingestion
    • Effect of acute exposure to product
    • Effect of chronic exposure to product
    • Exposure limits
    • Irritancy of product
    • Sensitization to product
    • Carcinogenicity
    • Teratogenicity
    • Reproductive toxicity
    • Mutagenicity
    • Name of toxicologically synergistic products
  7. Preventive Measures
    • Personal protective equipment to be used
    • Specific engineering controls to be used
    • Procedures to be followed in case of leak or spill
    • Waste disposal
    • Handling procedures and equipment
    • Storage requirements
    • Special shipping information
  8. First Aid Measures
    • Specific first aid measures
  9. Preparation Information
    • Name and phone number of group, department or party responsible for preparation of MSDS
    • Date of preparation

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