HazMats/Environmental H&S

McIntosh Perry Is an OECM Supplier Partner

McIntosh Perry  is an OECM Supplier Partner providing Hazardous Materials / Environmental Health & Safety under OECM’s Master Agreement and through OECM’s Marketplace of products and services. McIntosh Perry was selected through a competitive sourcing process that complies with the BPS Procurement Directive.  OECM is a trusted not-for-profit sourcing partner for Ontario’s education sector, broader public sector, and... Read more »

Thousands of Ontario Workers Exposed to Cancer-Causing Hazards

A new report from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (ORC) and Cancer Care Ontario might have every worker in Ontario calling in a sick day. According to the report, thousands of Ontario workers are exposed to cancer-causing hazards in the workplace, including asbestos, silica, ultraviolet radiation and diesel engine exhaust. Burden of Occupational Cancer in... Read more »

New Limits for Asbestos Exposure

A regulatory change came into force on July 12th as the government of Canada revised and corrected the Canadian Labour Code to minimize the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos as much as possible. Previously, the occupational exposure limit (OEL) was 1 fibre per cubic centimeter, but in reference to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists... Read more »

New Noise Regs For Ontario Workplaces

Starting July 1, 2016, you’ll have to turn down the muzak. The new noise regulation, Ont. Reg. 381/15, under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, is intended to help workers from noise-induced hearing loss. The regulation now covers construction sites, health care facilities, schools, amusement parks, farming operations, police and fire services. It replaces... Read more »

Feds Dump Asbestos

According to a report by CBC, the Federal Government has banned asbestos use in new construction and renovation projects at buildings it operates. As late as February 2016, asbestos containing materials were still being used in new construction of federal buildings in Canada. The new policy took effect on April 1st, 2016 and places Canada... Read more »

Condominiums and Mold

In recent years, the issue of mold in buildings has increasingly attracted public attention. Even though mold has inhabited the planet for millions of years, it has only recently become a serious concern to many people, legitimate in some cases, exaggerated in others. Mold is a type of fungus, commonly referred to as mildew whose... Read more »