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November 8, 2018

WHMIS 2015 – Are you ready for the 1st of December 2018?

It’s probably already been several months since you heard about WHMIS 2015 and the changes to put in place. But did you know that as of December 1, 2018, you are obliged to comply with these new requirements? This article discusses the history of WHMIS 2015 and what you are required to set up as an employer. 

Where does WHMIS 2015 come from? 

On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) under Part II of the Canada Gazette. This regulation and the subsequent modification of the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) have led to changes in the 1988 Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), by incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) used in Canada.  

The new version of the WHMIS is called “WHMIS2015”. 

The transition to the WHMIS 2015 involved a transformation period divided into …

October 24, 2018
Incident management

EHS Managers: Properly Analyze Incidents for a Healthy Management of Your Organization

Incident management for a Health, Safety and Environment manager has several components, including important aspects of compliance, costs and due diligence. 

In the role you have been given, you must ensure that your organization complies with the laws and regulations regarding incident reporting. In addition, you must compile, analyze and control the costs associated with incident management. You are also asked but your organization to do everything in your power to maintain all defenses to ensure due diligence. 

 1. Incident Management: Compliance with Laws and Regulations 

In terms of environment, health and safety (EHS), organizations must comply with the recordkeeping laws and regulations. Your organization must know which authorities to report the incidents to and must fill in the required reports within the stipulated time. 

The more geographically spread out your organization is, the more complex this task becomes, especially when you must perform a regulatory watch. The authorities …

October 24, 2018

Incidents management – 5 Essential Steps to Manage Them Well in Your Organization

Managing your health and safety processes and programs is about avoiding accidents and unfortunate incidents. Despite your teams’ best efforts, no one is completely immune to major incidents at work. 

If you have to manage an incident or any other kind of event, here are the five essential steps to be followed in order to effectively manage and to follow up on the incident: 

  1. Reporting 
  2. Investigation 
  3. Analysis 
  4. Corrective measures 
  5. Lessons learned. 

 1. Reporting of an Incident 

When an incident occurs, the first step is to declare it. But what must be declared?

We suggest that you immediately declare any occurrence, condition or situation arising from work that has resulted in or could have resulted in injury, illness, damage to the health or the environment, or death. 

2. Investigation of the Incident 

The second step in incident management is the investigation. It is used to identify the facts, list the causes …

August 7, 2018

LOTO: How to comply with regulatory measures?

Complying with specific lockout/tagout (LOTO) elements and other methods of energy control could prove to be a major challenge and become a real headache for organizations. How can a manager successfully implement a LOTO program and comply when there is a lack of resources and time? Rest assured, there are ways to manage it. 

Let’s begin by understanding the regulatory requirements. 

 The regulatory requirements 

1. Responsibilities andobligations of the employer   

The employer is responsible for the application of energy control methods, including LOTO. It must ensure that the energy source control procedures are developed and applied for each machine or equipment. They must be easily accessible, intelligible and periodically revised. 

All LOTO material must be provided, accessible, in sufficient quantity and in good condition. A single-key  padlock  and  tags  must  be  provided to all workers with access to  hazardous areas.  The  name of the person …

August 7, 2018

[CANADA] Lockout: How to comply with regulatory measures?

Complying with specific lockout elements and other methods of energy control could prove to be a major challenge and become a real headache for organizations. How can a manager successfully implement a lockout program and comply when there is a lack of resources and time? Rest assured, there are ways to manage it.

Let’s begin by understanding the regulatory requirements.

The regulatory requirements

1. Responsibilities and obligations of the employer

The employer is responsible for the application of energy control methods, including lockout. It must ensure that the energy source control procedures are developed and applied for each machine or equipment. They must be easily accessible, intelligible and periodically revised.

All lockout material must be provided, accessible, in sufficient quantity and in good condition. A single-key padlock and tags must be provided to all workers with access to hazardous areas. The name of the person who installs a single-key padlock …

June 5, 2018
Key performance indicators

Health and safety key performance indicators

Do you use occupational health and safety performance indicators in your workplace? 

Yes, cost of accidents, number, frequency and the severity of occupational accidents and diseases, for every 200,000 or 1,000 000 man hours worked. These indicators are most often limited to the financial aspects of health and safety and are more focused on losses. 

Lagging Indicators

Passive management indicators are not very good performance indicators of your health and safety management system. In fact, they only indicate if your efforts in the past have been fruitful or not and if you have been lucky or not. They are incapable of telling you if your preventive system functions well or if all elements are in place to obtain good results. With such indicators, you will not know what you are doing wrong and you will constantly repeat the same mistakes. 

Leading Indicators

It is therefore important to invest in indicators …