Rohde & Liesenfeld is committed to implementing a system to support the safety and security of employees working with hazardous chemicals/materials and to comply with all applicable federal and provincial health and safety rules. WHMIS is a nationwide system to provide information on hazardous materials used in the workplace. The purpose of this program is to ensure employees are informed about hazardous materials used in the workplace so they can use the information to protect themselves from accidents, injuries and illnesses. This hazard communication is accomplished through the three main components of WHMIS (labels, MSDS, and educational training of WHMIS to the workers). Rohde & Liesenfeld will ensure that all employee’s working with hazardous chemicals or materials receive WHMIS training. All employees have free access to MSDS. MSDS are stored in/at the office and the supervisor’s vehicle.
Rohde & Liesenfeld shall ensure that all containers are labelled, a current inventory list of all hazardous chemicals/material is maintained, and current Material Safety Data Sheets are available.
Roles and Responsibilities
All employees of this Company will participate in the WHMIS Program.A copy of this written program will be available at Rohde & Liesenfeld Calgary office and on each jobsite for review by any interested employee.
*The information in this policy does not take precedence over applicable government legislation with which all workers should be familiar.
The supervisor is responsible for container labelling procedures, reviewing, and updating the labelling system to be used is as follows:
Rohde & Liesenfeld will rely primarily on the use of the manufacturers’ labels to meet the labelling requirement of the standard.
Hazardous Chemical List & Material Safety Data Sheets
A master list of all the hazardous chemicals ( f o r m 3 ) used on a job site will be maintained by supervisor and kept in the supervisor’s truck. This list will be available for employee review at any time.
Copies of MSDSs for all hazardous chemicals to which employees of this company may be exposed will be kept in all supervisors’ trucks and at Rohde & Liesenfeld office and at each jobsite. MSDSs will be available for employee review at any time.
Anyone purchasing new chemicals must request a copy of the MSDS. The Company Safety Coordinator will ensure that new MSDSs are distributed to the appropriate job sites. If MSDSs are not available or new chemicals in use do not have an MSDS, immediately contact The Company Safety Coordinator.
Employee Information and Training
Prior to starting work, each new employee will attend a health and safety orientation and will receive information and training on the following:
An overview of the WHMIS requirements.
Prior to introducing a new hazardous chemical into any operational section of Rohde & Liesenfeld, affected employees will be given updated information and training for new chemical as outlined above.
Hazardous Non-Routine Tasks
Periodically, employees must perform hazardous non-routine tasks. Before starting work on such projects, each affected employee will be given information by their supervisor about hazardous chemicals to which he or she may be exposed during such activity.
This information will include:
Informing Other Employers
It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure all employers on the job site exchange the following information:
Each employer will be responsible for providing necessary hazard information to their affected employees.
A list of all known hazardous chemicals used by our employees can be found in the front of the MSDS binder located at Rohde & Liesenfeld office and your supervisor’s truck. Further information on each chemical may be obtained by reviewing MSDSs.
Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
It is estimated that many millions of workers are exposed to 650,000 Hazardous chemical products in almost a million Canadian workplaces. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employers.
The basic goal of a WHMIS Program is to be sure employers and employees know about work hazards and how to protect themselves. This should help to reduce the incidence of chemical related illnesses and injuries.
Chemicals pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and reactivity). The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is designed to ensure that information about these hazards and associated protective measures are disseminated to workers and employers.
This is accomplished by requiring chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and to provide information about them through labels on shipped containers and more detailed information sheets called material safety data sheets (MSDSs). All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must prepare and implement a written W HMIS program.
Employers must ensure that all containers are labeled, that employees are provided access to MSDSs, and that an effective training program is conducted for all potentially exposed employees.
A vital part of an effective WHMIS program is maintaining Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and insuring employees have the necessary training to understand the terminology contained in MSDSs. The following pages provide brief explanations of terminology that can be used during employee training.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and suppliers are required to provide you with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for each of their hazardous chemicals. As an employer or contractor, you are required to maintain a file of MSDSs for the hazardous chemicals you use. According to WHMIS, you will be able to determine if a substance is hazardous by referring to the MSDS and the label. The supplier MSDS must be available in French and English at the time of sale or importation. There can be one bilingual document or separate French and English data sheets.
Review the MSDSs you receive for accuracy and completeness, and make sure you have the latest version on file. When an MSDS includes new information or a new compound has been added to it, additional employee training is required.
To ensure proper recordkeeping and maintenance of MSDSs, you should:
While MSDSs will appear in many different formats, they will contain essentially the same information. An MSDS should contain the following information:
SECTION 1 – PRODUCT INFORMATION
SECTION 2 – HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS
SECTION 3 – PHYSICAL DATA
SECTION 4 – FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARD DATA
SECTION 5 – REACTIVITY DATA
SECTION 6 – TOXICOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
SECTION 7 – PREVENTIVE MEASURES
SECTION 8 – FIRST AID MEASURES
Specific First Aid Measures in the event of:
SECTION 9 – PREPARATION INFORMATION
Name and phone number of preparer: Gives the name and phone number of the person or group who prepared the MSDS.
Class A - Compressed Gas
This class includes compressed gases, dissolved gases, and gases liquefied by compression or refrigeration. If the pressure in the container is greater than 40 psi, the gas is a Class A product. The cylinder may explode if exposed to heat or to physical shock (when dropped).
Examples include: oxygen and acetylene in cylinders for welding; propane
Class B – Flammable and combustible material
This class includes solids, liquids, and gases capable of catching fire in the presence of a spark or open flame under normal working conditions.
Class B has six divisions:
Class C – Oxidizing Material
These materials increase the risk of fire if they come in contact with flammable or combustible materials. Examples: perchloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, permanganates, compressed Oxygen.
Class D – Poisonous and Infectious Material
Class D has three divisions:
• DIVISION 1: MATERIALS CAUSING IMMEDIATE AND SERIOUS TOXIC EFFECTS – These materials can cause death or immediate injury when a person is exposed to small amounts. Examples: sodium cyanide, hydrogen sulphide
• DIVISION 2: MATERIALS CAUSING OTHER TOXIC EFFECTS – These materials can cause life-threatening and serious long-term health problems as well as, less severe but immediate reactions in a person who is repeatedly exposed to small amounts. Health problems include immediate skin or eye irritation, allergic sensitization, cancer, serious impairment of specific body organs and systems, and reproductive problems. Examples: xylene, asbestos, isocyanates
• DIVISION 3: BIOHAZARDOUS INFECTIOUS MATERIAL – These materials contain harmful micro-organisms that have been classified in Risk Groups 2, 3, and 4 as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) OR The Medical Research Council of Canada. Examples: cultures or diagnostic specimens containing salmonella bacteria or the hepatitis B virus
Class E: - Corrosive Material – This class includes caustic and acid materials that can destroy the skin or eat through metals. Examples: sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid
Class F – Dangerously Reactive Material – These products may self-react dangerously (for example, they may explode) upon standing or when exposed to physical shock or to increased pressure or temperature, or they emit toxic gases when exposed to water. Examples: plastic monomers such as butadiene; some cyanides
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