A hazardous product refers to any product, material, mixture or substance that has been classified in one more hazard class of the Canadian Hazardous Product Regulations. Commonly, the term chemical safety is used to describe the safe use, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous products. The contents of this page are to provide resources for the use of hazardous products at BCIT to ensure the health and safety of the BCIT Community, and to help employees use hazardous products in a way that meets regulatory requirements.
All BCIT employees are required to complete online WHMIS training, available through the BCIT Employee Learning Hub. The training covers the basics of working with hazardous materials, including:
- How to read and use product safety date sheets (SDS).
- Requirements for labelling hazardous products.
- How to approach working safely with hazardous products.
In addition to the online training, all employees must be trained by their supervisor on how to work safely with hazardous products and access all necessary resource documents (SDS, procedures) for their role. This must be completed during the checklist in the mandatory online Employee OHS Orientation.
Hazardous product and SDS inventories
All departments that use and store hazardous products are required to maintain a hazardous material inventory and ensure that material SDS are readily available to all employees in their area. The inventory must include the following information:
- Name of the product.
- Primary product hazards.
- Product location.
- Approximate product amount.
- Department responsible for the product.
- Location of the up-to-date SDS for the product.
A central hazardous product inventory is available online for all BCIT to access and view. Departments can request to have user access to input and maintain their inventories on the system by contacting the BCIT Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Division. Employees registered to input and update the inventory will receive a 30-minute orientation on how to maintain the system by a BCIT Occupational Hygiene Coordinator.
Hazardous building materials (e.g. asbestos, lead) do not need to be included in department hazardous product inventories, as they are already logged in BCIT’s Hazardous Materials Inventory (please contact BCIT HSE for information).
Hazardous product storage
Hazardous products must be stored such that they cannot mix or interact in a way to result in a hazard due to product incompatibility. In general, this involves measures such as:
- Reviewing Sections 7 (Handling and Storage) and 10 (Stability and Reactivity) of a product’s SDS.
- Ensuring incompatible products are not stored on the same shelf, rack/cabinet, or room if necessary.
- Ensuring that storage areas can contain spills/leaks such that incompatible products will not accidently mix.
- Ensuring adequate ventilation and exhaust of the storage area.
Common incompatibilities include:
- Acids and Bases
- Flammable materials and oxidizers.
- Water reactive substances and aqueous solutions.
This section will be updated with more resources throughout 2022. For any questions or requests regarding hazardous product storage, please contact BCIT HSE.
Hazardous waste management
Please contact BCIT Logistics to arrange for hazardous waste removal. When requesting hazardous waste removal, provide the following information:
- Chemical/product name of the waste.
- Hazard information of the product/chemical.
- Pick-up location.
- Safe storage/handling requirements.
- A copy of/links to all relevant SDS.
In order to be removed, hazardous waste must:
- Be packaged in an appropriate, sealed container that is not leaking or otherwise damaged.
- Appropriately labelled as per WHMIS requirement.
- Separated from any other incompatible hazardous waste products for disposal.
- SDSs for all waste products present are readily available to responding logistics staff.
If the above conditions are not met, the waste disposal will be refused until the conditions can be met. Please contact BCIT HSE for any questions regarding hazardous waste disposal. More resources will become available throughout 2022.