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WHMIS labels and checklist

WHMIS supplier label

When a supplier ships a product, it will generally be transported in a single container, in a multi-container, or in bulk. If the product is in a single container, the supplier must apply the supplier label. (See example (PDF 39 KB)).If a number of inner containers are packaged into a multi-container shipment (such as a box or wrapped pallet), the supplier must apply labels on both the inner and outer containers unless there is a written agreement that the purchaser will apply the supplier labels to the inner containers. For bulk shipments, the supplier must send to the purchaser either a supplier label or the information required on a supplier label.

WHMIS supplier label checklist (PDF 42 KB)

Other supplier labels

Some supplier labels may look different from the example above because less information is required for controlled products that are:

  • In small containers (less than 100 mL)
  • Chemicals from laboratory chemical suppliers
  • Laboratory samples

Information Item Small container Laboratory chemical Laboratory sample*
1 Product identifier
2 Hazard symbol(s)    
3 Risk phrases    
4 Precautionary statements    
5 First aid measures    
6 Supplier identification  
7 Reference to MSDS  

Laboratory samples must also include chemical identity and an emergency phone number.

For more information about these supplier labels, see the WorkSafeBC manual WHMIS Core Material.

When a supplier ships a product, it will generally be transported in a single container, in a multi-container, or in bulk. If the product is in a single container, the supplier must apply the supplier label. If a number of inner containers are packaged into a multi-container shipment (such as a box or wrapped pallet), the supplier must apply labels on both the inner and outer containers unless there is a written agreement that the purchaser will apply the supplier labels to the inner containers. For bulk shipments, the supplier must send to the purchaser either a supplier label or the information required on a supplier label.

WHMIS workplace label

Workplace labels are required on containers for each controlled product produced and used on-site, on secondary containers after a product has been transferred from the original container, and on containers where the supplier label is missing or not readable.



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