Chemical Safety Resources

Resources for all Chemical safety research areas.

General Chemical Safety Resources

What Regulations and Acts govern Chemical safety?

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What forms and checklists are needed for general Chemical safety?

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Exposure Control Plans (ECPs), Guidelines (GDLs) & Safe Work Procedures (SWPs) for Chemical Safety

What ECPs, GDLs and SWPs do I need for Chemical safety?

Exposure Control Plans (ECPs)

Guidelines (GDLs)

Safe Work Procedures (SWPs)

Risk Assessment for Chemical Hazards

What is a Risk Assessment?

Risk assessment is a term used to describe the overall process or method where you:

  • Identify hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm (hazard identification).
  • Analyze and evaluate the risk associated with that hazard (risk analysis, and risk evaluation).
  • Determine appropriate ways to eliminate the hazard, or control the risk when the hazard cannot be eliminated (risk control).

When should a Risk Assessment for Chemical Hazards be done?

There may be several reasons a risk assessment for chemical hazards is needed, including:

  • Before a new research project involving hazardous chemicals is introduced.
  • Whenever you have safety concerns regarding the use of a hazardous chemical.
  • When required as part of a permit application.

I need to do a risk assessment. Where do I start?

UBC Safety & Risk Services (SRS) developed a Risk Assessment Guide (PDF) that explains the steps involved in writing a risk assessment.

  • Read the guide and complete tables 1 and 2 with the data specific to your chemical hazards/processes.
  • Submit the completed tables to SRS for review.
  • An SRS advisor will analyze the data, complete the additional sections and generate a final risk assessment document.

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What do I need to know in order to work safely with hazardous materials?

The purpose of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) program is to inform employees about hazardous products used in the workplace through a combination of warning labels, hazard symbols, safety data sheets and training. All elements of the WHMIS Program are explained in the first document below. The label templates (small, medium and large size) are provided as tools that can be used when generating workplace labels. Before using the templates, read section 6 of the WHMIS Program Document.

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