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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Banning, Prohibiting and /or Restricting a Chemical or Ingredient 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.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

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. The results are poorly written SDSs that do not conform to GHS standards, provide inaccurate information and can even be non-compliant.
Monday, May 28th, 2018

Does one SDS work now for all countries since it is a Globally Harmonized System(GHS)? Although the GHS has introduced standardized communication for Labels and Safety Data Sheets, countries have adopted these standards into their own legislation, and SDSs still vary significantly by country.
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

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).  Furthermore, work activities where noise and ototoxin
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.
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, 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 hazardous chemicals you use each day for similar chemicals that are less hazardous. As an example, a l
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

For Health and Safety Professionals a risk assessment is a process where you: