Case Studies

"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy."
~ Saadi ~

Problem

Contractor was hired to refurbish the inside of an elevator, located in a hospital. The adhesive used in the work produced high levels of off-gas in the small space, which resulted in the workers refusing to continue the work. Elevator was out-of-service for several days longer than anticipated while a resolution was found.

Solution

Safety consultant was hired to find a solution. He reviewed alternative adhesives as well as discussed personal protective equipment for the workers to arrive at a solution and return to work.

SDS RiskAssistTM Alternative Solution

Using SDS RiskAssistTM, the contractor could have very quickly assessed the adhesive being used, in advance, to determine their hazards. An example of compared adhesives is shown in Table 1 together with exposure limitations, as listed in Ontario Regulation 833.

Adhesive Comparison

Table 1: Adhesives with ingredients listed in Ontario Regulation 833.

Further, SDS RiskAssist™ could have been used to compare hazards such as inhalation and health hazards.

In consideration of the small indoor space, the contractor could then have used this information to conduct a job safety analysis to determine if ventilation fans were required for the work or if the workers should be properly fitted with respirators. The work could then have proceeded with well-equipped and knowledgeable personnel.

Problem

As consumers become more aware of hazards in the products they use and consume, they become more demanding of manufacturers. For example, in a study conducted by the Ecology Centre, the “new car smell” has recently been linked to a mixture of off-gassed chemicals that may lead to “a variety of acute and long-term health concerns”. To address this issue, manufacturers are asking chemical suppliers to identify chemicals that have health risks.

Solution

Chemical suppliers must currently review each SDS to identify chemicals with health hazards. This is a very time-consuming and therefore expensive process.

Alternative Solution with SDS RiskAssist™

SDS RiskAssist™ automatically extracts the health hazard information when SDSs are uploaded to the web application. Customers can immediately search their collection to find all carcinogens and other health hazards as needed. See Table 1 for an example of carcinogens is a collection and Table 2 for an example of reproductive toxins.

Carcinogen Search

Table 1:SDS RiskAssist™ search for carcinogens in a chemical collection.

Reproductive Toxins

Table 2: SDS RiskAssist™ search for reproductive toxins in a chemical collection.