Exposure Control Plans
For some businesses, an exposure control plan may be an essential document to have on hand, particularly for those businesses where workers are working alongside hazardous materials.
There are a number of factors that will determine whether or not a business is required to have an exposure control plan in place. Individual regulatory bodies, such as WorkSafe BC, OSHA and OH&S, may dictate whether or not employers are required to develop exposure control plans for their business. For some businesses, it is a crucial element of a company’s Health and Safety or Loss Control Management Systems.
Chemscape has decades of experience in authoring and developing exposure control plans as part of their Chemical Hazard Assessment Management Program (CHAMP). Chemscape assesses each business to assess the health hazards of the chemical inventory, reviewing essential elements such as elimination, substitution, engineering control, administrative controls and PPE to deliver effective and adaptive exposure control plans.
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Traditional approach to Exposure Control Plans
Exposure Control Plans would traditionally be developed by a consultant who would come out to your worksite and do a hazard assessment on your chemicals for that moment in time. But if anything changes - if you add more chemicals to the worksite or you change worksites; you would need to call that consultant again to modify the Exposure Control Plan.
Chemscape’s Approach to Exposure Control Plans
Chemscape approaches developing Exposure Control Plans differently. Chemscape has decades of Chemical & SDS Management experience in Oil and Gas. We have developed a system called CHAMP that can do what a consultant does in terms of assessing your chemicals and authoring an Exposure Control Plan. But the benefit of our system is you are in control. The end result is not static. CHAMP produces Exposure Control Plans that are flexible and adaptable in our system and can change. A lot of things are uncertain in Oil and Gas but the only thing that is certain is change and more regulations. CHAMP adapts with your business.
Exposure Control Plans Start with Chemscape’s CHAMP Tool to Assess the Health Hazards of Your Chemical Inventory
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 a widely accepted system used in industry to minimize or reduce exposure to hazards. Chemscape applies this methodology when creating an exposure control plan for clients.
Professional Exposure Control Plan Development
CHAMP approach to Exposure Control Plan Development
CHAMP tracks the chemicals your workers are exposed to and requests information on jobsite engineering controls, the quantity and frequency of chemical used and product use. This information calculates a hazard assessment. CHAMP identifies the health hazards of the products your workers are exposed to and recommends controls on how workers can reduce exposure. CHAMP does a risk assessment by work task. You can add in industrial hygiene monitoring, job safety analysis, and safe operating procedures. It all combines to produce an Exposure Control Plan and Chemical Management Program that shows the regulator you take safety seriously and have thoroughly thought through how you will implement this at the jobsite.
CHAMP Makes You Ready for An Inspector
The regulator wants to see more than just a document. They will evaluate you not only on the contents of the documents but how well you have implemented the ECP with your workers. They will enter your worksite and ask your most junior employee – Do they know the chemicals they work with? Their hazards? How to work safely with it? Your employee can point to tools produced from CHAMP like our SmartChart poster and explain exactly what products they work with, their hazards and how they are protecting themselves.
Assess the Chemical Risks of Your Workplace
Does your worksite have any of these health hazards or operations?
CHAMP provides focus on high hazard substances your workers may be exposed on the jobsite. The regulator wants to see you have addressed these hazards of special concern. If you have any of these substances on the jobsite you need an Exposure Control Plan. If your workers are exposed to the following hazards, you need to address how you are protecting them:
The CHAMP Advantage
Some companies pay lip service to saying they are safe. But the CHAMP method proves you live safety as a company. The advantage of Chemscape’s approach is when you work for another prime contractor you can show them you have CHAMP implemented and are ready for business.
By using CHAMP you will:
Comply and exceed regulatory standards
Have an ECP that will adapt and change with your business
Be ready for the next prime contractor as your business grows
Are you ready to get started?
Chemscape has a plan and industrial hygienists to support you getting started on implementing CHAMP and developing an Exposure Control Plan for your business.
Speak to our occupational health experts to learn more about how CHAMP can be the foundation for your chemical handling and exposure control plans.