Saturday, April 27, 2013

CSSE Lunch and Learn - Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

On April 18, CSSE held their monthly lunch and learn meeting where safety professionals from Manitoba meet to learn about relevant industry topics. This month featured a presentation about the Globally Harmonized System or GHS.  The presentation was put on by Sue Nash from Pinchin Environmental.

 

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s national workplace hazard communication standard.  It is due to be joined by GHS in the very near future.  After many long years, the new global system was adopted by the UN in 2003.  This GHS system is now ready for worldwide implementation. Many countries, including Canada, are beginning the task of harmonizing existing regulatory regimes within the GHS framework.

 

More information about the system can be found at the Health Canada site.

 

The standard can already be found online, it is referred to as the “purple book”.

purple book for GHS standard

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Friday, April 19, 2013

IPAM April Breakfast Meeting - Safety & Protective Apparel

 

 

On April 12, IPAM held their monthly breakfast meeting where safety professionals from Manitoba meet to learn about relevant industry topics. This month featured a presentation about safety and protective apparel by Rafe Vogel from Richlu Manufacturing.  We learned about high visibility clothing and CSA Standard Z96-09.

 

 There are three classes of high visibility clothing:

 

  • Class 1 apparel consists of basic harness or stripes over the shoulders and encircling the waist. Class 1 apparel can be used when vehicles are travelling less than 40 km/hr.
  •  Class 2 apparel is full coverage of upper torso including the front, back, sides and shoulders. A change to the standard in 2009 requires that the minimum side coverage is 50%. Class 2 apparel should be used when vehicles are travelling between 40 – 80 km/hr.
  • Class 3 apparel consists of Class 2 apparel plus arm and leg bands. Class 3 apparel is required when vehicle speeds exceed 80 km/hr.

                          class 2 high visibility clothing

 

 Some additional requirements include:

 

  • Stripes shall create an “X” on the back and two vertical stripes extending from the shoulders on the front and a waist-level band. The distinction between the front and back pattern allows motorists to easily tell which direction people are facing.
  • Bands shall not be less than 50mm wide and gaps between the bands shall not exceed 50mm.
  • Acceptable fluorescent colours include yellow-green, orange-red and red. Acceptable bright colours include yellow-green and orange-red. Bright red is not acceptable.
  • Non-reflective patches or lettering cannot cover reflective stripes or bands.

 

 Further information about high visibility clothing and CSA Z96-09 can be found at http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/prevention/ppe/high_visibility.html

 

 

 

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