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EBBD Hazardous Chemicals Management

Adopted: May 12, 1986
Amended: May 5, 1992

Policy

The Board, in consideration of its responsibility for the safety of its employees and of the environment, directs the development and implementation of a chemical and hazardous wastes management plan which will govern purchase, inventory, use, storage, transport and disposal of all chemical, hazardous and dangerous goods and wastes used and generated in and by this District. This policy will apply to substances used in all areas of the school system operation such as custodial/maintenance, clerical/support, transportation, instruction and others.

Guidelines

1.   All activities related to using chemicals and generating hazardous wastes will be conducted in accordance with Federal, Provincial and Municipal legislation as outlined in, but not limited to:

a.   Occupational Health and Safety Act - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)

b.   Occupational Health Amendment Act - WHMIS

c.   Chemical Hazards - Regulations - WHMIS

d.   Hazardous Chemicals Act - Alberta

e.   Hazardous Waste Regulations

f.   Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations - Canada

g.   Alberta Fire Code

h.   Clean Water Act

i.   Clean Air Act

j.   Transportation of Dangerous Goods Control Act

k.   Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Regulations

2.   Approval for the purchase of such substances shall consider appropriate quantities, least toxic alternatives, shelf-life, use of consumer products and use of hazardous substances. The purchaser shall ensure that proper labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) accompany these substances when they are received from suppliers.

3.   Principals and supervisors shall be responsible for maintaining an inventory of chemicals in their area.

4.   All users shall adhere to WHMIS regulations.

5.   Students shall be adequately instructed and supervised during the handling of these substances.

6.   Proper safety equipment shall be maintained and used as required.

7.   All workers shall be knowledgeable in handling materials and dealing with incidents and accidents resulting from the use of these substances.

8.   An ongoing training and educational program shall be established and made available to all employees as required.

Procedures

1.   Supervisors shall approve the purchase of all substances (supplies) for use in their area of responsibility (e.g. Custodial supervisor shall approve the purchase of all custodial supplies) in accordance with the Chemical Management Plan developed at their site.

2.   Principals shall approve all substances and supplies ordered for instructional purposes within their schools.

3.   The individual and system shall ensure that all employees handling these substances understand WHMIS regulations. Each worker shall be responsible for the proper use of these substances in their work.

4.   An inventory shall be maintained. The inventory shall be reviewed and updated no less frequently than semi-annually by November 1st and May 1st. Copies of the most recent inventory shall be maintained in the school office and accessible to all District personnel. A copy will also be filed with the Superintendent.

5.   Supervisors and principals shall be responsible for assuring proper storage of these substances in accordance with the applicable regulations.

6.   The reuse, recycle and disposal of substances shall be according to proper procedures and District policy.

7.   Transport of these substances shall be carried out only by trained District personnel and in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations, and to designated District site(s).

References

Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act : Sections, 65(3)d;
Fire Prevention Act, Section 6(a)(i,ii), I(c)(i,ii,iii,iv), and I(m)

Cross Reference:

EBA Safety Personnel, Requirements for Quarterly Fire Safety Checklist Completion

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