Chemical Safety


All users of chemicals and other hazardous materials at the University must be familiar with the hazards associated with the chemicals they use, as well as the precautions and procedures for working safely with them.

Guidelines for safe work practices can be found in the Chemical Laboratory Safety Manual [PDF - 832 KB].

General requirements for work with chemicals and other hazardous materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training for those who work with chemcials and other hazardous materials
  • Current safety data sheets (SDSs) that are readily available to users
  • Proper labelling, storage, and handling of hazardous materials (including wastes)
  • Proper engineering controls such as general ventilation and local exhaust systems (e.g. fume hoods)
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Proper procedures and equipment for chemical spills

Lab Safety Training

This online course is designed for all individuals working in laboratories and will cover the major elements of laboratory safety giving the participant a strong general foundation to understand the risks associated with working in a laboratory. This course is available online through the College of Continuing Education.

  1. Proceed to theĀ Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education website.
  2. Scroll down and click on the yellow 'Login into SharePoint' icon.
  3. At this point you will see a registration document. Print this and follow the directions completely.
  4. You will receive an e-mail from the College of Continuing Education within three business days that you have been added to the Brightspace Lab Safety course. You can then begin your training.
  5. Once you have passed the final quiz, you will receive a Letter of Completion via e-mail within three business days.