Chemscape offers trusted Exposure Control Plan solutions that are based on our Chemical Hazard Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP) tool and Industrial Hygiene Services.
What Is an Exposure Control Plan?
An Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is a written document developed as part of an organization’s chemical safety management system that provides direction to prevent chemical exposures to workers. Based on where you operate, your regulatory authority may require you to have one or more exposure control plans.
These written documents are:
specific to your organization and worksite
detail any exposure hazards workers may encounter while performing routine and non-routine tasks
outline the protective measures available.
Certain regulatory bodies (WorkSafe BC, OSHA in USA, and OH&S in AB) require employers to develop Exposure Control Plans (ECP). The ECPs may have different titles based on the jurisdiction, but they have similar requirements and intent.
Assess the Hazards in Your Chemical Inventory
Exposure Control Plans Start with Chemscape’s CHAMP Tool to Assess the Health Hazards of Your Chemical Inventory
Chemscape’s process addresses all your hazards; everything from your chemical inventory, processes, maintenance activities, as well as physical hazards that may pose an exposure risk. We help you build a control plan that communicates your firm’s approach to protecting workers. It is written to be understood by your worker by communicating the hazards and controls according to their tasks.
Did you know? An ECP is needed in BC if there is the potential of exposure to certain designated substances that exceed 50% of the recommended occupational exposure limit
Chemscape uses the hierarchy of controls to identify the chemical hazards, assess the risk of exposure, and control the risk. A knowledge of each level and under the circumstances they apply is important when developing an exposure control plan. The hierarchy of control is considered the cornerstone within regulations, policies, and health and safety and chemical management systems. Chemscape applies this methodology when creating an exposure control plan for clients.
A regulator will want to see that you have a strong understanding of the health hazards of your chemicals. Chemicals can cause many different types of harm, ranging from mild skin irritation to cancer. The effects of chemicals may be seen immediately after contact or many years after exposure.
Understand the Health Hazards of Your Chemicals
Factors to Consider When Assessing Risk of Chemical Exposure
Several factors need to be taken into consideration when assessing the risk of chemical exposure; those factors include:
Route of Exposure
Assessing All the Chemical Risks of Your Workplace
Risks of chemical exposure cannot be managed unless the health hazards are known. Assessing the workplace environment using control banding can objectively define the health hazards into a control band. A solid understanding of exposure limits is used to calculate exposure risk and appropriate controls are recommend eliminating or reducing the hazard.
A Plan to Manage Designated Substances of Concern in Your Workplace
Chemscape can address designated substances of concern on your site to show they have been identified and managed. Some jurisdictions have very specific controls for certain highly hazardous chemicals while others need to substitute the product for one with a lower hazard. Areas of focus can include substances such as:
Asbestos Exposure Control Plans
Silica Exposure Control Plans
Exposure Control Tools & Training Aids for the Workplace
Chemscape’s CHAMP system produces an Exposure Control Plan focused on implementation and includes tools and training aids to reinforce worker education and awareness.
A successful Exposure Control Plan requires education and training for leaders, supervisors and front-line workers. Chemscape’s Exposure Control Plan (ECP) contains all the required elements including a review of the specific elements of the ECP including the chemicals being managed under it:
Responsibilities of the employer, health & safety manager, supervisors & workers
Health hazards & risk categories for each product in your worksite
Required engineering & administrative safety controls
Exact Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
Hygiene facilities & decontamination procedures
Training & annual review process
The CHAMP program develops the ECP document but also includes unique tools likes the SmartChart® Hazard Communication tools, workplace labels, mobile app and safety training videos that work together to deliver a complete chemical handling program.
Exposure Control Plans Approved by WorkSafeBC
Chemscape’s Exposure Control Plans have been approved by WorkSafeBC. We can quickly develop a solution for your organization using our technology and industrial hygiene services. Our exposure control plans are customized to incorporate your operating procedures, worksite tasks, JSAs, Benzene Standards, Decontamination Standards and Industrial Hygiene Monitoring results. Our Industrial Hygiene Services can help you create Standards if you have not already authored your own.
Our system produces an Exposure Control Plan document that not only satisfies your compliance needs but builds a foundation for best-in-class chemical management.
Chemscape’s Exposure Control Plans are more than a document, they are designed as practical guidance for day-to-day operations and to engage workers. An annual review of an Exposure Control Plan is always done to improve the ongoing process of improving your chemical management.
Speak to our occupational health experts to learn more about how our system can be the foundation for your chemical handling and exposure control plans.