Case Study – Large Municipality Chemical Hazards Audit
Large Municipality Chemical Hazards Audit:
Evaluation of Chemical Hazards in a Large Municipality
Municipalities use large numbers of chemical products as part of their daily operations. Think about the tasks their workers perform … water/waste water treatment, recreational facilities care, fleet maintenance, road maintenance, police services, first responders' equipment, long term care homes, etc. In fact, a large municipality would use over 1500 chemical products.
To provide insight into the types of health and environmental hazards posed by the chemicals used within a large municipality, Rillea Technologies used SDS RiskAssist data analysis technology to conduct an audit on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Safety Data Sheet (SDS) documents for a large Ontario-based municipality with over 10,000 employees.
Read more about how SDS RiskAssist can be invaluable for municipalities in the following case study.
Chemical Hazards Audit Case Study Overview
SDS RiskAssist Key Findings:
Health Hazard Risks:
Findings from the data analyzed during a chemical audit of a large municipality's WHMIS safety data sheet collection included identifying that:
SDS RiskAssist also enabled analysis of subsets of data. It was hypothesized that products that present harm to humans, also present harm to the environment. To test this theory, the "urgent" and "occupational" disease hazardous chemicals were further analyzed. The results of the analysis were as follows:
Urgent hazards (108 assessed)
Occupational Disease hazards (520 assessed)
It is clear that by controlling or eliminating chemical products that present urgent or occupational disease hazards, municipalities will help prevent harm to both employees and the local environment.
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