Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedure 536

WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods




Wild Rose School Division ensures that students and staff are provided proper instruction (and modeling) in matters relating to the management of chemicals and hazardous waste as well The Division ensures that actions taken are in the best interests of all members of society, both now and in the future. The actions of Wild Rose Public Schools will be consistent with the "Guidelines for Management of Chemical and Hazardous Waste in Schools”, and with the provincial legislation.




1.   This management plan provides guidelines with respect to chemicals used in all areas of the school system operation such as instructional, custodial/maintenance, clerical/support, transportation and others.


2.   Familiarity and compliance by users with pertinent Alberta legislation governing chemicals and hazardous waste as it applies to schools and school jurisdictions is necessary.


3.   The Maintenance Supervisor is designated as contact person having the responsibility in this area.






1.   Principals and/or Facility Managers shall:

1.1        Be familiar with WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations that apply to their operation;

1.2        Ensure that copies of the yellow WHMIS binder are kept current, in accordance with WHMIS regulations;

1.3        Review WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods requirements with their staff each September;

1.4        Ensure that yearly inventories of chemicals are conducted;

1.5        Ensure that Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) sheets are current; and

1.6        Promote the safety of staff and students by ensuring proper storage, and reasonable security of access to hazardous materials.


2.   Appropriate Divisional staff shall participate in WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods training or informational programs provided by the Division.


3.   Principals and/or Facility Managers with questions regarding WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods should contact the appropriately trained staff. Other staff should contact their Principal or Facility Manager.


4.   In the approval for purchase of chemicals the following shall be considered:

w  Appropriate amounts

w  Shelf-life

w  Use of least hazardous material

w  Storage


5.   Teachers involved in handling chemicals and hazardous material shall inform students of the proper handling, use and disposal of the substance.

5.1        Users of chemicals shall adhere to WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations.

5.2        Training opportunities are provided from time to time to ensure that each school has personnel in-serviced on the handling of materials regulated by Transportation of Dangerous Goods legislation.

5.3        In-service is provided for staff from time to time regarding WHMIS regulations.

5.4        Students be properly supervised during their use of chemicals.

5.5        Substitute teachers who are required, as part of their assignment, to conduct labs/activities involving chemicals shall have proper training as required by this procedure. Otherwise the labs / activities are not to be carried out.

5.6        Reporting of accidents / incidents involving chemicals and hazardous waste shall be reported in accordance with current Division practice.

5.7        Teaching areas in which chemicals are used shall be provided with proper equipment such as fire extinguishers, first aid and safety equipment, fume hoods and ventilation in accordance with the danger or hazard involved.



Reviewed:           January, 2012

Next Review by:  January, 2017


Legislative References:


Section 60, 61, School Act

Guidelines for Management of Chemicals and Hazardous Waste in Schools (Alberta Education/Alberta

Special Waste Management Corporation 1991)

Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Act, RSA 2000, D.4

Hazardous Products Act 1985

Occupational Health and Safety Act, RSA 2000, O.2

Controlled Products Regulations 1988

Hazardous Products Regulations

Safety Glass Regulations

Science Education Sets Regulations

Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations 2001


Board Policy:


Policy 11:  Delegation


Cross Reference:


AP 531 Alterations to School Facilities

AP 535 Environmental Considerations