WHMIS (Chloroform)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHMIS 2015 classification - Note to reader
Update: 2015-02-26

  • Acute toxicity - oral - Category 41 2 3
  • Acute toxicity - inhalation - Category 31 4
  • Skin corrosion/irritation - Category 25 6
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Category 25 6
  • Carcinogenicity - Category 27
  • Reproductive toxicity - Category 22 8 9 10 11 12
    • Toxic to the development
  • Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure - Category 113 14

  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Skull and crossbones

  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Exclamation mark

  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Health hazard


Harmful if swallowed (H302)
Toxic if inhaled (H331)
Causes skin irritation (H315)
Causes serious eye irritation (H319)
Suspected of causing cancer (H351)
Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child (H361)
Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure (H372)

Ingredient disclosure


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