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Chemical Substance Exposure Assessment and Control

 Safe Operating Procedure

​PURPOSE

 

To establish divisional expectations and standards regarding a chemical substance assessment and control program at River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) that meets or exceeds all municipal, federal and provincial legislated workplace safety and health program requirements.

 

A chemical substance assessment and control program must be defined and documented for compliance as part of Element 6, develop a plan to control chemical and biological hazards, for the effective development and implementation of a workplace safety and health program under Manitoba legislation.

 

SCOPE

 

This safe operating procedure and associated documents establish a procedure for a chemical substance assessment and control program for all workers at RETSD. The best practices apply to all RETSD worksites.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 

RETSD

 

RETSD management is responsible for assessing risk and managing a chemical substance assessment and control program at all facilities.

 

All Workers

 

All workers are responsible to abide by chemical substance assessment and control program provisions.

 

Suppliers

 

Vendors that supply products to the division have a role in this process.

 

Generally, suppliers are not considered as workers. However, suppliers may have responsibilities under the WSHMS as specified and applicable.

 

Suppliers shall provide material safety data sheets for controlled products they supply to the division.

 

Contractors

 

Contractors are expected to follow all chemical substance control program regulations. Contractors must ensure that controlled products brought on to divisional worksites be accompanied by a material safety data sheet.

 

See Contractor Safety and Safe Work Permit for details on contractor safety responsibilities.

 

CHEMICAL SUBSTANCE ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL GENERAL PROCEDURES

 

All chemical substance exposure and control processes at RETSD is defined and controlled under a number of programs, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

  • Biological Substance Exposure Assessment and Control

  • Chemical Substance Exposure Assessment and Control Program

  • WHMIS and GHS Program

  • Hazardous Waste Management          

  • Laboratory Safety Programs

  • Job Hazard Analysis and Safe Work Instructions (Risk Assessment General Provisions)

  • Caring for Students

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Other

 

People Authorized to Handle Chemical Substances

 

Only trained and authorized people shall handle, use and dispose of controlled substances at RETSD facilities.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

A combination of hard-copy postings, distributions and electronic posting will be used to communicate safety and health program information within RETSD.

 

TRAINING

 

All stakeholders shall be trained to their required level of involvement in the WSHMS to become familiar with its structure, organization, and how to look up and access information both electronically and in hard copy form through:

 

  • New employee orientation, employee manuals or employment information packages

 

  • Return to work or remedial programs, as required on an individual basis

 

  • Planned ongoing training through team meetings, individual coaching or other methods as developed or adopted

 

ENFORCEMENT

 

Ultimately, the superintendent shall be responsible for the sustainability of the WSHMS, and shall enforce compliance to standards at a divisional level.

 

Workplace safety and health management system compliance shall be managed through the application of performance management and progressive discipline policies and procedures.

 

Worker failure to comply with provisions of the RETSD safety program may lead to discipline, up to and including discharge from employment and / or other remedies available at law.

 

 

 Document Number

WSHMS-06-SOP-018-03

 

 Document Control

Prepared:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Controlled:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Reviewed:

Divisional Workplace Safety and Health Committee

Issued: 

Director of Human Resources

Approved:

Director of Human Resources

Origin Date:

August 31, 2010

Last Revised:

August 8, 2018

Last Reviewed:

August 8, 2018

Next Review On or Before:

August 8, 2021

 

 

 References

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 36 – Chemical and Biological Substances

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Program Element 02 – Identifying and Controlling Hazards

 

All other associated and applicable workplace safety and health management system documents