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Use the information, samples, and checklists in this manual to develop or improve your chemical safety program.
Every workplace has chemicals - ranging from cleaning products to full chemical production.
Having a chemical safety program in your workplace will reduce health and safety risks, lower environmental impact, and reduce operation costs. If chemicals are not used, stored and handled properly, they can cause injury, illness, disease, fire, explosions, or property damage.
A chemical safety program does not have to be complicated or costly. The overall goal is to establish a program that considers the entire lifecycle of the chemical or process - beginning with purchasing and including identification, labeling, inventory, use, storage, record-keeping requirements, and disposal.
This manual will help you by providing step-by-step guidance on understanding, controlling and safely working with chemicals.
This 116-page manual provides best practice information about the safe use and control of chemicals in a workplace.
It will help you to:
It will also help organizations:
This manual provides the information, samples, and checklists needed to start or improve your chemical safety program. It will also help you understand how to work safety with chemicals, their health hazards, and storage, handling and other aspects of chemical safety. The actual chemicals that are present and their hazards, as well as the size and complexity of your specific workplace, will determine the level of program that you need.
Use the information in this manual and customize it so the program works best for your workplace.
NOTE: The information in this publication is based on best practice principles and techniques. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance, rather than prescribe specific requirements, and is not intended as a legal interpretation of any federal, provincial or territorial legislation.
This manual is written for both small and large businesses. Use and adapt the sections that apply best to your workplace and the hazards of the chemicals present.
This manual is recommended for anyone who is committed to providing a workplace that is healthy and safe from the hazards associated with chemicals.
It will assist employers, owners, managers, supervisors, operators, health and safety committees, chemical management teams, workers - and the organization as a whole - by providing guidance about the development, maintenance and continual improvement of a chemical safety program.
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