WHMIS 2015 Symbols

WHMIS 2015 Symbols are generally similar to those of WHMIS 1988. Many of the inner symbols are almost identical. However, WHMIS 2015 has some new symbols the ones within the "Health hazard," "Exploding bomb," "Environment," and "Exclamation mark" pictograms. Two symbols in WHMIS 1988 (i.e., in the "Materials causing other toxic effects" and "Dangerously reactive material" hazard symbols, have been retired. With the exception of "Biohazardous infectious materials", the pictogram borders in WHMIS 2015 all are red and diamond-shaped and most pictograms are assigned to multiple hazard classes and categories.

Inside the border of the WHMIS 2015 pictogram is a symbol that represents the potential hazard (e.g., fire, health hazard, corrosive, etc.). Together, the symbol and the border are referred to as a pictogram. Pictograms are assigned to specific hazard classes or categories.

Hazard pictograms immediately show the user of a hazardous product what type of hazard is present. With a quick glance, you can see, for example, that the product is flammable, or if it might be a health hazard.

Hazard symbols (pictograms) used with WHMIS 2015 hazard classes and categories

The following pictograms are associated with these hazard classes and categories.

 

Flame

The flame pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Flammable gases (Category 1)
  • Flammable aerosols (Category 1 and 2)
  • Flammable liquids (Category 1, 2 and 3)
  • Flammable solids (Category 1 and 2)
  • Pyrophoric liquids (Category 1)
  • Pyrophoric solids (Category 1)
  • Pyrophoric gases (Category 1)
  • Self-heating substances and mixtures (Category 1 and 2)
  • Substances and mixtures which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases (Category 1, 2 and 3)
  • Self-reactive substances and mixtures (Types B*, C, D, E and F)
  • Organic peroxides (Types B*, C, D, E and F)

 

Flame Over Circle

The flame over circle pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Oxidizing gases (Category 1)
  • Oxidizing liquids (Category 1, 2 and 3)
  • Oxidizing solids (Category 1, 2 and 3)

 

Gas Cylinder

The gas cylinder pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Gases under pressure (Compressed gas, Liquefied gas, Refrigerated liquefied gas, and Dissolved gas)

 

Corrosion

The corrosion pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Corrosive to metals (Category 1)
  • Skin corrosion/irritation - Skin corrosion (Category 1, 1A, 1B and 1C)
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Serious eye damage ( Category 1)

 

Exploding Bomb

The exploding bomb pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Self-reactive substances and mixtures (Types A and B*)
  • Organic peroxides (Types A and B*)

 

Scull and Crossbones

The skull and crossbones pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Acute toxicity -
    • Oral (Category 1, 2 and 3)
    • Dermal (Category 1, 2 and 3)
    • Inhalation (Category 1, 2 and 3)

 

Health Hazard

The health hazard pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Respiratory or skin sensitization - Respiratory sensitizer (Category 1, 1A and 1B)
  • Germ cell mutagenicity (Category 1, 1A, 1B and 2)
  • Carcinogenicity (Category 1, 1A, 1B, and 2)
  • Reproductive toxicity (Category 1, 1A, 1B and 2)
  • Specific Target Organ Toxicity - Single exposure (Category 1 and 2)
  • Specific Target Organ Toxicity - Repeated exposure (Category 1 and 2)
  • Aspiration hazard (Category 1)

 

Exclamation Mark

The exclamation mark pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Acute toxicity - Oral, Dermal, Inhalation (Category 4)
  • Skin corrosion/irritation - Skin irritation (Category 2)
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Eye irritation (Category 2 and 2A)
  • Respiratory or skin sensitization - Skin sensitizer (Category 1, 1A and 1B)
  • Specific target organ toxicity - Single exposure (Category 3)

 

Biohazardous Infectious Materials

The biohazardous infectious materials pictogram is used for the following classes and categories:

  • Biohazardous Infectious Materials (Category 1)

 

Both the Flame and Explosive pictogram are used for Self-reactive substances and mixtures (Type B) and Organic peroxides (Type B)

NOTE: Physical Hazards Not Otherwise Classified and Health Hazards Not Otherwise Classified classes are required to have a GHS pictogram that is appropriate to the hazard identified.

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