Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Chemscape and their authoring business Deerfoot Consulting place a great value on the quality of the SDSs that we produce. There are many options for Safety Data Sheet authoring on the market. Here are some red flags we see when examining SDSs written by low-cost providers and automated authoring programs.
Monday, May 28th, 2018
A common question Chemscape is asked regarding the transition to GHS and WHMIS 2015 is whether only one SDS is now required. Does one SDS work now for all countries since it is a Globally Harmonized System(GHS).
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Do you have Concurrent or Simultaneous Operations in your organization? Could one operator’s tasks be unknowingly generating health hazards for others? Learn how to quickly Identify, Communicate and Control Chemical Hazards and Health Risk at these job sites. Our safety expert John Artym and Industrial Hygienist Mike Phibbs CIH ROH face off.
Friday, March 16th, 2018
March 3rd was World Hearing Day. It is well known that exposure to noise levels in the workplace can cause hearing loss.  However, you may not be aware that exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace as well as medication you may take on a regular basis can also damage your hearing. These chemicals are said to be ototoxic (oto = ear, toxic = poisonous).
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
On November 29, 2017 WorkSafeBC presented a Pre-Drilling Season Update in Ft St John. Chemscape attended and I wanted to share some key points from this meeting. The Upstream Oil and Gas Industry in BC currently has 1,891 employers. Oil and Gas has the lowest injury rate of all classification Business Units in BC but they have one of the highest short term disability duration.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
As you are probably aware the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act is currently being reviewed, proposed changes have been shared for comment and Bill 30 has received first reading in the Legislative Assembly. Putting aside the legislative process for review and approval, it is important that organizations, managers, and workers all take the required time to assess the changes...
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
Here are some Health and Safety apps for working with Chemical Hazards that we have been recommending to make your work more productive.
Monday, September 18th, 2017
If your organization produces or ships chemical products you likely have different departments working on different areas of that product’s life cycle; whether that is marketing them, managing their hazards and risks, or transporting those products. All departments have many common links and tasks between managing a chemical but frequently, they do not communicate with each other.
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
I have recently been part of industry conversation with respect to preventing injuries and occupational illness.  Part of our discussions has raised the issue that industry must move pass deferring to the immediate cause(s) of events/incidents to focus on determining the indirect/root causes of events/incidents to improve how they answer – why events/incidents occur?
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Eliminating the chemical or ingredient in the workplace eliminates the hazards associated with the chemical or ingredient. Elimination can prevent injuries, illness, loss or adverse effect on the environment. Elimination is the first method of control in chemical handling to consider. Elimination of a chemical or ingredient can take on a few different meanings.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Reducing your company’s chemical footprint by reducing the exposure to high hazard chemicals in the workplace can be achieved by substituting chemicals you use each day for similar chemicals that are less hazardous. As an example, a liquid can be substituted for a powder, or perhaps the work task to weigh out powders could be eliminated by buying the powder pre-packed.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Your risk assessment should strive to be as objective as possible. Subjective is the opposite of objective and subjective bias naturally creeps in when humans perform assessments. Subjective means based on or influenced by your personal feelings, tastes or opinions.