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 an 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, contact ehs [at] mcgill.ca.

WHMIS 2015 Training


  • 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. 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.  For beginners, (First time training), and returning members, please register for a Live Presentation. 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 McGill Community (students, staff and faculty). When registering using the on-line 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. Environmental Health & Safety's WHMIS 2015 core training introduces participants to the 4 key elements of WHMIS 2015: Classification, Training, Labeling and Safety Data Sheet (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)

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

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

English Sessions

Date Time Location / Language [English] Comments /

E-certificates Status* (see above)


Downtown Campus Locations


Spring & Summer 2019


April 25 (Thursday) 8h15 to 10h15 Leacock, room 232 Registration is closed online test is accessible until May 1
May 10 (Friday) 11h15 to 13h15 Leacock, room 232 Registration is open  
June 17 (Monday) 13h45 to 15h45 3610 McTavish, Room 430 Registration is open  
August 15 (Thursday) 9h to 11h 3610 McTavish, Room 430 Registration is open  

Macdonald Campus Locations


Spring & Summer 2019

May 3 (Friday) 10h to 12h Raymond Room 3-048 Registration is open  
June 10 (Monday) 10h to 12h Raymond Room 3-048 Registration is open  
July 11 (Thursday) 10h30 to 12h30 Raymond, Room R2-045 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