One of the most common hazards in the workplace, noise can have serious impacts on our health, safety, and well-being. Noise can be annoying and disruptive, risk our safety if signals, speech and machinery can't be heard, and even permanently damage our hearing.
Share our latest infographic which outlines what the law says, the components of a hearing conservation program, and ways in which workplaces can be proactive about preventing hearing loss.
In an office environment, chemicals can come in the form of cleaners, paints, flammable aerosols, and gas cylinders, which all have their own unique set of hazards. WHMIS information helps workers to identify these products, understand their specific hazards, and store, handle and use them safely.
This e-course provides learners with the core knowledge required to meet legislated WHMIS 2015 education requirements, and is recommended for anyone who works in an office building – including workers, supervisors, managers, building personnel and cleaning or custodial staff.
In every jurisdiction in Canada, under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), the employer has a number of responsibilities if hazardous products are used in the workplace, and that includes providing access to up-to-date safety data sheets to their workers.
Q: As an employer, how do I know if I have the correct safety data sheets for multiple products with the same product name in my workplace?
A: Employers are required to have a copy of the safety data sheet from the supplier from which they bought the product. The supplier identifier (e.g. supplier name, address and phone number) and product identifier (e.g. product name) on the safety data sheet must match this same information on the product label. Each supplier has specific responsibilities under the Hazardous Products Act to identify and communicate the hazards of their product to purchasers of the product. These are the regulated (legal) responsibilities of the supplier who sells you the hazardous product and not of a supplier that manufactures and sells a similar or possibly identical product.
Therefore, it is important to have the safety data sheet provided by the actual manufacturer/supplier of the product used in your workplace to ensure that you and your workers know the hazards that the actual supplier is declaring for their hazardous product - as well as well as any health and safety measures such as first aid, handling and storage procedures, and recommended exposure controls.
The (M)SDS Management Service from CCOHS helps employers provide their workers with access to up-to-date safety data sheets. Learn more about this service.
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One-Day Workshop: Take Action on Mental Health
Mental health is recognized as an integral part of a healthy workplace. Supportive workplaces promote the total health and well-being of their employees and offer protection from psychological harm.
CCOHS is hosting a one-day workshop on October 3 in Saint John, NB, to equip your champion or leader with the framework, practical tools and resources to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program.
Learn how to establish an action plan for a program with sound procedures, and address all types of hazards – including physical and psychosocial – for positive, effective results. Registration fee includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. Spaces are limited.
In our latest podcast, Angela Colantonio, Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, discusses brain injuries common in the workplace, how they affect men and women differently, workplace accommodation, and factors to consider for people returning to work after suffering a brain injury.