Call for RBC Blue Water Project Now Open

The Faculty is accepting proposals for the 2019 RBC Blue Water Project Competition. Since 2009, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Blue Water Foundation and the RBC Blue Water Project have supported several projects led by Science faculty members. These water-related projects have had a strong focus on community engagement and outreach. More information can be found on the call and application form.

Completed applications are due in the Dean’s Office, April 10, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Electronic submissions, in .pdf format, can be sent to

Faculty Announces Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund

The Faculty of Science is  pleased to introduce a new program to help with lab equipment renewal, Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This fund is designed to help researchers purchase items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. Applications are due March 7, 2019. Researchers can find more details and the application form here. Completed and endorsed (by your Department Chair or School Director), should be sent to Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys,, in a pdf format.

Questions about the programs can be addressed to Gianni Parise, Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) or Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys, Administrator (Research & Facilities), 

WHMIS 2015 Compliance – Are You Ready?

Reminder from Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services  (EOHSS), McMaster University

Did you know that WHMIS 1988 will be changing to WHMIS 2015? Currently, the Province is in a transition period where both regulations apply. This means that Safety Data Sheets/Material Safety Data Sheets and labeling requirements for both are acceptable. The current McMaster WHMIS 2015 training provides instruction on both regulations. If you haven’t already completed this training, please ensure that you complete it as soon as possible.

As of December 1, 2018, the Province will fully transition to WHMIS 2015. This will incorporate the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of labelling and classifying chemicals.  WHMIS 2015 also changes the requirements for Safety Data Sheets or SDSs, formerly MSDSs. By this date, WHMIS-controlled products in the workplace must have labels displaying pictograms, hazard classifications and precautionary statements as per the WHMIS 2015 regulation. Many chemical suppliers have already transitioned to the new requirements and many products in your work areas may already be in compliance. However, older products must be in compliance by this date. To give you an idea as to whether your product is in compliance, please review the graphic below.

WHMIS labels example.

Old product labels will not grandfathered. Therefore, it’s time to start thinking about either re-labeling or disposing of products that are not in compliance with WHMIS 2015.  Please note that upon retirement or labortory shutdown, supervisors of labs are responsible for disposing of chemicals – at their cost.  

EOHSS is working on providing solutions for you. We are designing new workplace labels for WHMIS controlled products and will be implementing a chemical inventory management system which will provide the required SDSs. Great things are coming in the New Year! For more information, contact us at

McMaster Experts project launches faculty member profiles

The McMaster Experts website is now live. We would like to encourage you to visit your profile and update your page. You can access it here, and search for your name.

Information about your name and titles is pulled from Mosaic HR and updated regularly. You have the option of changing your display name through a Mosaic self-service module (so it won’t revert back after a weekly update). Information on making this change can be found here. You can also use this portal to add your ORCHID id (see below).
If there is a problem with your titles, please contact Seanna-Lin at, who will contact the appropriate people to have this fixed. For other corrections and additions, you should be able to make them directly in the Experts system using the Research Profile Manager. This requires only your MAC ID and password. If off campus, please use the VPN. Or you can contact the McMaster Experts team for assistance at The Library is also hosting an open house Thursday, November 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Wong Classroom, Mills Library Room L107.
One of the great powers of this system its ability to collect your research publications from various public sources. The publications that currently appear on your profile have been consolidated from these sources and, for the purposes of the launch, were approved by the Experts Team. To add new publications, you will need to log on to the system and claim them when you are notified that they are available.

To make the claiming process even easier, we strongly suggest you obtain and begin using an ORCHID id for your publications. This number gives you a unique identifier that will automatically link publications to your profile, thus reducing the chances of mistaken publications being associated with your name and new publications being missed. Information about ORCHID ids and the steps to register can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact the project team.
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