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Chemical Hazard Identification – Chemscape Safety Technologies

Chemical Hazard Identification

Workplace health hazards are not always obvious. We all bring our own experience and judgement to the task of identifying hazards. Attitudes and behavior in a workplace or industry can build up a level of risk tolerance. Risk-taking and short cuts can become an accepted part of the job. It’s natural human behavior to become more complacent over time as routine high hazard tasks become familiar. Sometimes a cowboy like attitude can develop where workers take pride in the risks they are taking in their job. New workers may not have the experience to identify hazards. Inexperienced employees may lack to confidence to speak up in a workplace where taking risks is accepted.

Technology like the CHAMP (Chemical Hazard Assessment and Management Program) system in sdsBinders can objectify the hazard assessment process to provide consistent best practices for working with chemicals based on international standards. Fast easy to access information on the health hazards of a product is at your fingertips using CHAMP. Knowledge that was once the domain of chemical experts can now be accessed by every worker no matter the level of their experience or area of expertise. 

With CHAMP you receive:  

Access to Health Risk Assessments on Your Chemical Inventory

The hazards of your chemical inventory are assessed based on international standards in CHAMP to see hazardous your chemicals really are. Hazard assessments provide best-practises for working with chemicals no matter what level a person's expertise may be. 

A Risk Assessment Tool

Risk changes based on product use, quantity, frequency, and current engineering controls. Our Risk Assessment Tool recalculates and advises on controls to manage risk based on user inputs and product use. Customize the risk matrix to adjust to your organization and preferred settings.   

Advice on controls including engineering controls, PPE and RPE.

Control information is conveyed in easy-to-understand icons for field workers. Recommendations are adjusted based on product use and the controls onsite. Experienced Health and Safety Professionals can customize the PPE Selector in CHAMP to their situation. 

Receive suggestions for less toxic substitutions.

CHAMP facilitates easy searching for substitutes by suggesting alternatives directly within the CHAMP system during a product request to substitute a less toxic product with one with a similar use appropriate to your process.     

The ability to restrict, prohibit or ban products or ingredients.  

Establish rules in CHAMP on filtering ingredients of concern. Enforce your company objectives and policies for sustainability and health.  

Centralized chemical approvals

Chemical approvals are completed in seconds from one centralized location. Set-up chemical approvals in CHAMP with flexible rules to adjust who can approve certain hazard levels; create approver groups or even auto approve low hazard chemicals.  

Regulatory Reporting

Save time searching for company products and ingredients which may be found on regulatory and health lists. Our reports can be generated in seconds. Lists can be customized to your operations and operating jurisdictions. 

Workplace Tools to implement a Chemical Management Program

CHAMP is full of tools to roll out your chemical management program. Users have access to workplace labels, SmartChart Hazard Communication posters, Emergency Management resources, guidance documents on a chemical management and a mobile App. Create Exposure Control Plans for designated substances like Benzene or Asbestos to meet regulatory and workforce demands. 

Education and Training to ensure a successful implementation

Chemscape is continually publishing education and training resources to support leadership, supervisors, and field workers to ensure a thorough understanding of the system and Chemical Management best practise. CHAMP users have access to guidance documents, support tools, and a library of video toolbox talks. CHAMP provides learning paths for orientation on the system including six e-learning modules. 

Industrial Hygiene Services

CHAMP clients are supported by Industrial Hygiene Advisers and Consulting Services to help clients with set-up and implementation. Additional consulting is always available if required. 

What are the benefits of a standardized and objective hazard assessment and control?

Hazard assessments are the core of every occupational health and safety program. Identifying hazards is a critical first step prior to eliminating the hazard or controlling the risk before an exposure or incident occurs. A standardized and objective hazard assessment which CHAMP provides information that:

■ Inspire improvements in day-to-day operations

Workers can become more proactive in safety when they see how small changes can be more important that they thought. Show a workplace commitment to health.

■ Removes personal bias and risk from a hazard assessment

All workers have access to objective 3rd party information based on international standards that eliminates the failings of human bias in hazard assessments. 

 Focus attention on improving workplace health and safety.

CHAMP hazard assessments draw attention to areas in need of improvement. They get your workers thinking — and talking — about health and safety.

 Result in a more consistent, efficient and effective workplace.

Managing hazard assessments in one centralized system ensures consistent standards throughout your operations.

■ Increase productivity and lower operating costs.

Fewer incidents means fewer claims filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board and increased productivity with less time doing incident investigations. Fewer insurance claims means lower annual premiums.

Chemscape has provided our operational teams a simple and reliable solution for managing chemical products at our locations.  By combining specific training for varying user levels in sdsBinders and outstanding customer service, it has helped us begin rollout of the program on a National scale.  We receive consistent feedback from our employees who enjoy the ease of use and being able to access sdsBinders from their computer, or their smartphone via the free sdsBinders app.  More than anything else sdsBinders eliminated the need for a cumbersome binder full of paper, and ensures compliance with the most current version of product’s our company uses being updated automatically.

Russell Kay
HR Specialist, Safety Services
Shaw Communications Inc.