McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

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.

UPDATED! Schedule for 2017 Fall Grant Season

To help with planning for the 2017 Fall Grant season, please consult the table below for the upcoming, major CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC operating grant competition deadlines. More information about the specific competitions can be obtained from the McMaster contacts listed below.
NSERC Discovery Grants

Final Internal Deadline: October 26, 2017

Agency deadline: November 1, 2017, 4:30 pm

Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 21581

NSERC Discovery Grant website

NSERC RTI Final internal deadline: October 18, 2017. If planning to apply, contact Grace Kim. 
Agency deadline: October 25, 4:30 pm
Grace Kim, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, ext 24765

NSERC RTI website
SSHRC Insight Grants Final Internal Deadline: October 10, 2017, 9 am
Agency final deadline: October 16, 4:30 pm
Pam McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 23713  

SSHRC website

Projects to be funded under the Faculty of Science Research Fellows call

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the post-doctoral projects to be funded under the Faculty of Science Research Fellows program. The Research Fellows call was intended to provide direct support to develop and nurture strategic areas of research strength and potential within the Faculty. Eleven proposals were submitted and four projects recommended for funding.

These projects are:
  • Alex Adronov, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and collaborator, Yingfu Li, Department of Biochemistry, cross-appointed to Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Development of Chemical Sensors Based on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Conjugates with Aptamers
  • Nicholas Bock, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and collaborator, Dr. Sheila Singh, Surgery and Biochemistry, Faculty of Health Science. Personalizing Medicine with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Paul McNicholas, Mathematics & Statistics. Detecting Suspicious Online Behaviour by Clustering Big Data
  • Aimee Nelson, Kinesiology, and collaborators Michael Noseworthy, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Margaret Fahnestock, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences. Discovering the mechanisms that mediate exercise-induced neural plasticity
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