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Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Government regulations require a limited labeling of cleaning products that kill bacteria, viruses, or mold. Only the active ingredient chemicals in sanitizers, disinfectants, and fungicides have to be listed on the product label.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

People are often under the impression that something needs to smell “clean” for it to be clean. But this is not true. We have been taught this through marketing and perceptions we have picked up since childhood. It is easy to understand why because scented products are everywhere in our daily lives.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?   Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are routine tasks these days; part of a collective strategy to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

What is the Hierarchy of Control?   When a hazard is identified in the workplace, controls need to be put in place to manage the potential risk to workers who interact and work around the hazard.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

All Provincial and Territorial Health and Safety Codes across Canada set out rules for employers to assess all current and potential hazards at the workplace. Harmful substances are part of this category of potential hazards which includes anything that may create or currently creates a danger including a chemical or a biological hazard if a worker can be exposed.  
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Did You Know There Is An ISO Standard For Occupational Health and Safety?  ISO 45001 is an ISO standard for management systems of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). The purpose of ISO 45001 is to reduce occupational injuries and diseases, including the promotion and protection of physical and mental health.  
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

COVID-19 has caused an increase in the use of PPE (personal protective equipment); an emerging issue of PPE-related skin issues has also increased.  The Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care (NSWOCC) recently published a report on Prevention and Management of Skin Damage Related to Person
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

You are likely washing your hands more than ever these days as a precaution against COVID-19. But ironically by over-washing our hands we can actually be introducing a new hazard by removing natural emollients, increasing dryness, and introducing cracks into our skin giving bacteria a path of entry into our
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Skin tissue is frequently exposed to various irritating substances in the workplace, particularly for wet work (work involving wet hands or hand washing), which can lead to the development of occupational contact dermatitis.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

It feels like Chemscape is fielding daily requests to obtain hand sanitizer SDSs or author SDSs for businesses that have begun to manufacture sanitizer to meet an increased demand due to COVID-19. Before COVID-19, hand sanitizer was used in large quantities in industries that required a food-grade disinfectant for workers and work surfaces. What is in hand sanitizer?
Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Homemade face masks are being promoted to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. It is seen as a barrier to droplets emitted into the air when people cough, sneeze, or talk. Home-made face masks do not filter or remove virus particles. There is also a risk of exposure from the improper use of a cloth face mask. We will review arguments for and against without getting too scientific.
Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Controlling exposures to hazards is the fundamental method of protecting people. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective control solutions.