March 20, 2019

Mitchell Gibbs
Mitchell Gibbs of First Response Environmental made made a presentation: “The Deadly Environmental Malibu Fire”. Mitchell showed a news video early on in the Malibu Wildfire. He talked about the mixed messages on evacuations, the 18,000 structures that were burned over 250,000 acres and the 89 lives lost. He said that most of the deaths were inside vehicles attempting to leave the area late. 250,000 people were successfully evacuated. First Response dealt with the clean up afterwards. He mentioned that Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) were available to help with evacuation, but were not recognized by local official and utilized.

Mitchell estimated that it cost $150,000 to clean up each house. LA County Fire and the US EPA paid for the initial clean up and teams like First Response complete the cleanup. Another issue during the fire was the decommissioned nuclear testing facility (Santa Susana Field Laboratory) where the soil was contaminated and nuclear waste was stored had been partially burned. After the fire, flooding and landslides were an issue since there was no vegetation remaining, 14,000 home were leveled and Pacific Gas & Electric & several insurance companies went bankrupt.

Mitchell wrote a book on the fire.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker of Vaughan Emergency Planning made a presentation called “Exercise Loco Motive”. This was the City of Vaughan’s annual exercise. The objectives were to practice: roles & responsibilities; emergency notification procedures; incident assessment & action planning; coordination, communication & interoperability; using Dashboard; implementing the Drinking Water Emergency Plan; identifying continuous improvements to plans & procedures; and compliance with the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act.

The scenario was a tanker hit by a train which involved a derailment, fire, chlorine release, helicopter crash and drinking water issues. The exercise involved both CN and Alectra. The methodology was calling in with issues, with 2 shift changes and mock media briefings.

The lessons learned was that: communication was a strength; Dashboard worked well (a training session before the exercise worked); maps and GIS are valuable tools; training staff to keep their briefings short; and situational awareness.

What could be done better: need better audio visuals; drone view from above was great for mapping and video feeds; message; common maps approval needed; updating dashboard; mapping and video feeds further development; procurement form process; and streamline communication.

Recommendations: install audio-video systems in the EOC; purchase IMS colored vests; sections update procedures; investigate mapping software; develop more efficient public alerting; and on-going training.


Jan 23, 2019

Ryan Wheeler
Ryan Wheeler of Trans-Northern Pipelines made a presentation: “Improving Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness at Trans-Northern Pipeline Terminals”. He outlined several Trans-Northern exercises including an annual exercise in Trenton and 4 table tops. They prepare various emergency scenarios and review tactical response plans and share GIS data. Facility specific plans are undertaken to deal with loss of containment and fire scenarios.

Ryan mentioned several changes and upgrades including: working to upgrade fire pre-plans; outreach to smaller Fire Departments; adding 3rd party support services; foam & resupply resources; emergency product movements; and suppression equipment and response.

Trans-Northern did fire preparedness sessions at GTAA, Farran’s Point and Calgary Airport. In 2019, Trans-Northern plans to revise fire pre-plans and facility response plans, add sessions, add site visits for firefighters and identify different contractors and consultants. The Trans-Northern Notification phone number is 1-800-361-0608.

Sat Anand
Sat Anand of Anco Chemicals made a presentation called “Ammonia Exercise”. This was on a Table Top Ammonia Exercise at Anco Chemicals. Sat overviewed ammonia’s properties. Office staff at Anco were asked questions about safety procedures. Sat outlined the scenario that there was a crack on top of a drum. He talked about the PPE requirements for ammonia.

Nov 13, 2018

Lisa Bolton
Lisa Bolton of Sherrard Kuzz LLP made a presentation on cannabis in the workplace. Health Canada says that “Using cannabis or cannabis products can impair your concentration, ability to think and make decisions, reaction time and coordination. This can affect motor skills, including ability to drive. It can increase anxiety and cause panic attacks, paranoia and hallucinations.These effects can last 24 hours (or more).

Lisa described the 3 types of impairment: acute, residual and withdrawal. Acute impairment includes: perceptual changes, time distortion, euphoria-“high”, relaxed- “numb”, cognitive changes-memory and learning, attention and reaction time. Residual impairment includes: fatigue, comprehension issues, unclear mind, attention and reaction time. Withdrawal includes: anger, irritability, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, anorexia and general malaise.

Lisa outlined the why employers should develop and implement a drug & alcohol policy including: providing a safe, productive workplace, controlling workplace activity, communicating standards of conduct, promoting consistent manager response and ensuring all employees are treated fairly and with respect. The scope of drug & alcohol policy should include all sources of intoxicating substances including alcohol, prescription & over-the counter drugs, cannabis (and related products) and Illegal drugs. Components of a drug policy include: detecting use, intoxication and response..


Sept 12, 2018

Hugh Fairweather
Hugh Fairweather of Safetyscope made a presentation that dealt with changes to OHSA, new offences, MOL proposals and clarification of Regulation 834. Under Section 66 fines have tripled and under Section 69 the MOL now has a year to lay charges. There were also changes to Regulations 213, 297, 860, 833 and 490.

Hugh talked about distracted driving under the Highway Traffic Act and chronic mental stress. There were also changes to the requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits under CSA Z1220-17.

Hugh also talked about future and proposed under Regulation 833–2018, clarifications under Regulation 834 for the construction, industrial and mining industries. And Hugh ended with a discussion on Tool Tethering.


May 9, 2018


Sat Anand presented at CANECT 2018 conference.

Topic: Best practices in building and maintaining an effective and responsive E2 plan.

  • Prevention of, Preparedness for, Response to, and Recovery from Environmental Emergency (E2)
  • Benefits of involvement in E2 planning
  • Success stories & testing of an E2 plan
  • Public Notification



March 7, 2018

Mike Doherty of E-Hazard / Blue Arc Electrical Safety Technologies made a presentation on Electrical Safety. He works at E-Hazard and chairs the CSA Z462 committee and worked for many years for Ontario Hydro. He talked about the CSA Z1600-17 standard and how it is essential when making recommendations to safety to use a standard rather than base the recommendation on your option. He said that Z462-18 just came out and deals with safety in the workplace and emergency management. CSA Z1600-17 which calls for companies to plan, do, check and act.

The key sections of Z1600 are: Scope, purpose & application; Reference publications; Definitions; Program management; Planning; Implementation; Program evaluation; Management review; and Annex A is on Guidance and Annex B is on conformity assessment tools.

He said that Program Management must have buy in from senior management, the program coordinator & program committee. Program Administration includes a program plan, policy, goals, objectives, integration, budget, records management and review. The elements of the Risk Assessment Procedure are to identify hazards, assess risks and implement risk control. Mike ended the presentation with a suggestion of using the term “Residual Risk” rather than Acceptable Risk.


Jan 24, 2018

David Clarke
David Clarke of FESTI made a presentation on the Incident Command System (ICS). He outlined the history of ICS. David explained why it is important to have an Incident Command System and it is necessary to correct communications first.

ICS is used to manage incidents and events. It is scalable where is can change size, type and complexity. ICS uses only 3 to 7 subordinates within a manager’s span of control. The unified command needs a commander, fire chief, police, transport, paramedic, and is some cases a provincial/state regulator. There is a need to use company experts (i.e., responsible agency/company) and emergency services.

David outlined the role of some of the key ICS command staff including: the Incident Commander oversees the incident; Safety Officer; Public Information Officer; and Liaison Officer.

The Operations roles are for the doers. They have expertise to deal with the incident and to contribute to strategies and tactics. The Planning of the incident response is done through the Incident Command Action Plan which can be changed on the fly as needed. Planning contains Resource, Situation, Document and Demobilization Units. The Logistics section includes units for: communications, medical, food, supply, facilities and ground support. David concluded saying that the Finance and Administration components include incident costs, financial considerations and procurement. Field Implementation includes preparedness, response recovery and mitigation.

Nov 17, 2017

Scott Ashley
Glenn Gosling-Cannell and Scott Ashley from Get Ready Online made a presentation on the Atlas Exercise Program and Atlas Messenger. Scott talked about the Atlas program at Sanofi which involves aps, training, business continuity, EOC, equipment checks and a Fire Warden Program.

Get Ready worked on changing the way things were done from: policy & procedure manuals; checklists which are not available or easy to find; reporting which is difficult; poor compliance, risk and training times which is hard to find. They have been converting manuals from paper to hand held devices. They have also be converting policies to procedures.

Scott talked about the Atlas System which is cell phone based with: procedures & job action sheets; immediate forms & reports; and a learning management system. The Emergency Operation Centre provides: clear structure, trackable forms and pre-approved communications. The Exercise Program has: 10 minute drills monthly; 2 hour table top exercises; and a multi-agency site exercise. Scott showed an example of one of the training videos. The Learning Management System was implemented to inspire confidence, competence and compliance. Scott finished off by talking about the IT infrastructure, encrypted software, mass notification, the first aide app and the use of the Wi-Fi network.


Sept 6, 2017

Andrew Harkness of the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) made a presentation on “Understanding Mental Health at Work Places”. He said that it was formerly the IAPA. He showed a video on mental health. Andrew talked about mental health including that mental illness is a real illness and 500,000 people are off work with mental health issues. There is a stigma of mental health and health attitudes. People often don’t talk about mental health problems since they feel it could jeopardize their jobs. There were a number of free vignettes available for free on-line for companies and employees to view. Employers are not always the cause of mental health, but the employers through various programs can help employees with mental health issues. There is new legislation coming on chronic mental stress, occupational health & safety laws, employment standards, labour law, employment contracts, tort law (common law), workers compensation law and education and awareness. There is a key website and Gallop Magic 12.


May 10, 2017

Don Fusco
Don Fusco Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations for Ontario of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada made a presentation on the CIAC. Don talked about the CIAC advocacy efforts, which has resulted in the chemical manufacturing sector being selected to participate in the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth’s (MEDG) Red Tape Challenge. The Red Tape Challenge is intended to obtain recommendations that can improve, streamline, or modernize provincial regulations as well as highlight examples of best regulatory practices from other jurisdictions while still protecting the public interest. Consultation can be done on-line between August 1 & September 30, 2017. A number of pre-consultation engagements with provincial officials are being developed to build awareness and understanding of the provincial regulatory hurdles and barriers.

Don provided a few examples red tape challenges such as: overlapping of federal and provincial reporting and using outdated technology.

Sarah Kirkwood
Sarah Kirkwood of GHD made a presentation on “Exercise Physiology” Sarah’s presentation on the Physiology of Exercises focused on: needs & experience; design; exercise day; debriefs; after action report; improvement plan; future exercise planning; and normalization of learning.

The process would begin with an organization assessment. Sarah said that the priorities of your exercises should be determined such as: legislative compliance; association or corporate compliance; gap assessment; validation of new procedures or processes; working on a 5 year plan; stakeholder engagement; and employee engagement.

Sarah provided a list for Exercise Day including: facilities; AV; IT; food; clear instructions for the participants, facilitators and evaluators; and scenario delivery, projection and modification.

Logan Barrett
Logan Barrett of Accuworx made a presentation on “Accuworx” on the services offered by Accuworx at the end of the meeting. He discussed their emergency spill response service and their field operations in Ontario. He talked about their team including 15 full-time hazmat technicians. He talked about Accuworx working in Peru on a pipeline release and dismantling a drug lab. He wrapped up the presentation by talking about remediation, treatable spill material and waste and how they can help with ERAP with GHD.


March 8, 2017

Armaine Shepherd of Ministry of Labour presented on Safe at Work Ontario. Armaine provided an overview of the Ministry of Labour’s operations, policy and prevention. Armaine talked about the Health & Safety Programs for Construction, Health Care, Industrial and Mining Health & Safety and Specialized Professional Services. The focus of industrial enforcement is to assist the most vulnerable workers and to support occupational health and safety improvements in small businesses and address the highest hazards.

She also talked about Occupational Hygiene, Ergonomics, past Blitzes and results, Sector Plans, Fact Sheets and the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Inspections are meant to be proactive. During an Inspector visit, the inspector looks for: joint health & safety, hazards, policies and postings. She highlighted the differences between the physical inspection and investigations. Armaine completed the presentation by talking about Work Refusals, field visit reports, appeal orders, website links and health and safety associations.


Martin RampersadJan 11, 2017

Martin Rampersad and Michael Kalistchuk of EMKAL made a presentation on Cyber Security.

They asked key questions on cyber security including: are your IT Systems physically secured, what are you doing to prevent viruses, malware and ransomware; who can access your data; outside Michael Kalistchukaccess; IT training; and staff exits.

They made several suggestions including: turning the AutoComplete function off; do not make purchases via Wi-Fi on the road; and using the finger print ap in Apple Pay.

They outlined how breaches happen including: how the hackers get in; what are you sharing with the world; how does the data get out; and spotting the scams.

They mentioned best practice basics including: locking server room; using strong passwords; updating your antivirus, firewall and security; using single sign on; having standard user account types; backing up all data on a daily basis (or better); implementing corporate data organization and access hierarchy; encrypting data; having exit user policy; and restricting use of personal devices.


Mark Jasper
Mark Jasper of GHD made a presentation on changes and updates on Environmental Emergency Regulations (E2), Emergency Response Assistance Plans and Transport Canada Spill Reporting Requirements.

The E2 changes include: 49 new substances added; threshold volumes changed; requirements for exercising the E2 Plan must be a tiered approach, exercised over 5 years and tested; new prescriptive notification requirements; and the plan must be accessible.

Mark said that the TDG changes are: mandatory renewal cycle of 2 to 5 years of ERAP; online application process; assessment conducted by container and product; response specific tactics; firefighting tactics and support; tiered ERAP activation and mobilization; changes to responsibility; and changes to reporting requirements.

Sharon WalkerNov 23, 2016

Sharon Walker of Vaughan Emergency Planning made a presentation about the CN Cargo exercise which is a live annual event. Sharon also talked about the City of Vaughan exercise on an F3 and F4 tornado.


Ryan Wheeler
Ryan Wheeler of Trans-Northern Pipelines made a presentation on a Pipeline exercise. Ryan talked about the Canadian Safety & Security Program under CBRNE. He talked about the Eastern table top exercise in June where there was an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) device on a pipeline junction which caused a jet fuel facility explosion at Pearson Airport. The exercise tested a united command response that involved transportation infrastructure and an evacuation. The exercise dealt with critical infrastructure and a police investigation and the gathering of evidence. It was a 2 day exercise dealing with tactical response and regional capabilities. It meant to test the inter-operability between first responders, receivers, federal / provincial/municipal and industry emergency response organizations.

Sandy Herkimer
Sandy Herkimer of Niagara College made a presentation on Environmental Management & Assessment Internship Program. Sandy introduced the group to the post grad Internship Program in Environmental Management at Niagara College. The program is accredited by Eco Canada. Many students in the program live in the GTA and are looking for placements. The College covers the insurance and WSIB coverage and is essentially free for employers. The program is 1 day a week for 12 weeks. Applications are due in mid-February.

Sat Anand
Sat Anand of Anco Chemicals made a presentation on the Anco E2 Exercise that involved an ammonia odour in the warehouse. Staff were expected to find the source of the leak and to see if they could stop the leak. They also looked at what to do if the leak is at a customer’s site. They also dealt with when to report such an incident to the MOE.



Bernie CookSept 14, 2016

Bernie Cook of Brenntag Canada made a presentation about Responsible Distribution. He updated the elements of critical importance that were not in RDC 21 2008 including the Code of Practice and elements of critical importance. Much of the presentation focused on Managing Security including:

  1. Introduction of new requirements to the Responsible Distribution Code
  2. Security & Risk Management
  3. Physical Security & Access Control
  4. Personnel
  5. Security & Emergency Response Training & Awareness
  6. Cargo & Container Security
  7. Procedures, Document Control & Data Security


May 11, 2016

Reid Saxby of York Regional Police made a presentation about CLEAR – Critical Action Emergency Action Response.Education, financial, government, health services, places of worship, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and industry can sign up for CLEAR.Reid showed the method to enter critical contact numbers and data on the website.Reid said that they can live stream from incidents.


Andre PednaudMay 11, 2016

Andre Pednaud of Toronto Police made a presentation on T.O.R.I.S.T.O.R.I.S. is a web based warehouse of site information to emergency responders.Andre highlighted the information stored in T.O.R.I.S. and the security features of the system and its benefits.He showed a slide of how to access the T.O.R.I.S. website data sheet, search function, floor plans and mentioned the 3rd interactive future on the site.Andre also showed a video on the Sunrise Propane explosion.


Mark PhairMay 11, 2016

Mark Phair of Toronto Police made a presentation on TAPPS - Toronto Association of Police & Private Security.The website portal involves private security and emergency management.TAPPS has 500 members in Toronto.TAPPS provides real time info and is a one stop shop for information.


Desiree D'SouzaMay 11, 2016

Desiree D'Souza of the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services made a presentation on AODA -Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act. AODA purpose is to increase accessibility for persons with disabilities. AODA applied to all businesses that: provide goods or services directly to the public;or to other businesses or organizations; and have 1+ employees in Ontario.She talked about customer service standards and compliance requirement including policies, notices, training, communicating and filing an accessibility report. She also mentioned inspections, orders, penalties, appeals, non-compliance letters, audits and fines.She also talked about general requirements, information and communication standards and the need for accessible websites.


Bob GerowMarch 9, 2016

Bob Gerow from SAFER Systems made a presentation about Safer Systems customer base, the information gap, critical planning and response capabilities and a demo of the mobile response and SAFER One. The system can fill in the information gap on an incident such as what is happening, where is it coming from, how big it is, where it is headed, how long it will last, the meteorological conditions, approaches and staging resources, etc.

The systems key differentiators include terrain modeling, weather, sensor data, source algorithms, combustion analysis, source locator and back calculations. The system included pre-event preparedness, live event response and post-event analysis. He demonstrated the mobile which integrates Google maps, places and traffic and internet weather and an ERG guide, off-line searchable references, safety precautions and impact zones. A free is available at

Bob then did a demo on a fuel oil barge collision with a fuel oil spill and a potential styrene tanker explosion.

Bob Gerow is a stroke survivor and he made another presentation on recognizing the signs of stroke and risk factors. He introduced the acronym BE FAST which stands for Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech and Time.


Michael BoonstraJanuary 27, 2016

Presentation on "Wireless Toxic Gas Detection Solutions" by Michael Boonstra, Concept Controls

Michael Boonstra from Concept Controls made a presentation on a wireless toxic gas detection from RAE Systems.He outlined the type of detection solutions as well as the company's services and customers.The equipment monitors the overall detection system linking wirelessly from detectors to the monitoring centre.Michael talked about the types of sensors including MultiRAE, ToxiRAE, GammaRAE, MiniRAE and AreaRAE. He also talked about the WeatherPak.He outlined the advantages of a system to assist in providing mutual aid to emergency responders who can share info using the system.

Glen DooleDecember 3, 2015

Presentation "Preparing Fire Safety Plans for Approval" by Doug Best, Vaughan Fire

Doug Best from Vaughan Fire made a presentation on fire safety plans. Doug said that the Fire Protection & Prevention Act defined an owner as anyone who has care or control of a property.The Fire Code requires under 2.8.1. Emergency Planning and Fire Safety Plan requirements under 2.8.2. and other specific sections of the code. He said that Vaughan Fire's first review of the Fire Safety Plan is free and follow up reviews of the same plan will be charged for.

Doug reviewed the types of businesses that require a Fire Safety Plan. The Plan needs to be prepared, approved and implemented.Company staff need to be trained to implement the Plan.He said that a Fire Safety Plan should be specific to the building and should be reviewed at least every 12 months.The Fire Plan should be kept in the building or premises in a location approved by the Fire Department.Doug talked about Fire Safety Plan Box. He suggested a box that should be locked with a lock and should have another lock inside to relock the box. Vaughan Fire does not encourage the use of key based boxes since the Fire Department would not have a key and the box would be difficult to open.

He outlined the various Sections of the Fire Safety Plan:

  1. Human Audit
  2. Building Audit
  3. Hazardous Chemicals or Operations
  4. Emergency Fire Procedures
  5. Emergency Fire Organization
  6. Instruction of Occupants and Supervisory Staff
  7. Control of Fire Hazards In and Around the Building
  8. Holding of Fire Drills
  9. Critical Operations
  10. Alternative Measures for Occupant Fire Safety during Equipment Shutdown
  11. Maintenance of Building Facilities
  12. Schematic Drawings

The Human Audit needs to say why they do the plan, the type of building, number of occupants and person specific emergency contact numbers.The Building Audit should include a building description which includes the construction type, alarm system, shut off valves and type, location and coverage of the sprinkler system. The Siamese connection should be visible and accessible. The Plan also needs to include the devices tied into the fire alarm system.He added that private fire hydrants need to be inspected annually and that sprinkler, mechanical and electrical room doors should be identified on the doors.The Hazardous Chemicals section should tell what the company does, what the hazards are and can refer to the E2 Plan.Emergency Fire Procedures should include who does the operations and procedures and who calls the Fire Department, head counts and what the fire wardens do.Emergency Fire Organization should include a chart and the responsibilities of the building owner, property manager, site superintendent and fire wardens.Instruction of Occupants needs to list the type of training done and it is a good idea to have the staff that are trained to sign a sheet to say they were trained.Control to Fire Hazards would talk about what's in the building and how it's protected.During Fire Drills (and in system maintenance) it is important to notify the Fire Department and alarm monitoring company. Fire wardens should be told in advance so they know what to do during a drill. Drill Procedures should include: how the drill is done; what people do and a review of procedures. Drill need to be recorded every year. Table top drills can be done.Critical Operations need to be identified and spill procedures should also be identified and E2 Plans can be used to provide info.Alternative measures need to be identified if fire safety systems are shutdown. There are requirements for Fire Watch as an alternative measure.The Maintenance of Buildings should include written records of who does the checks, inspections and tests and when they are done. For example, the records should include daily checks, monthly inspections and annual tests depending on the maintenance requirements.


Glen DooleSeptember 9, 2015

Glen Doole from Honeywell made a presentation on Personal Gas Detectors

Glenn started the presentation by talking about types of gases with some types of gas are detectable by human senses, but most types of gases we cannot detect and we need gas monitors. Glen stressed the importance of the bump testing and calibrating the monitors.Glen mentioned that the filters need to be clean/clear of debris that could prevent gas from getting to the sensors in the monitors. Glen added that carbon monoxide monitors would typically only last for 5 to 8 years.

Glen outlined the need for training on the use of gas monitors and the need to customize them to the environment that they are used in. He talked about the default settings for the monitors and the need to set them up to meet the appropriate government standards. He provided a handout on the standards.Glen demonstrated the indicators on gas monitors including LED alarm bars, an audible alarm and a vibrating alarm. He then talked about the type of alarms on a monitor including: instantaneous gas exposure (low &high alarms); STEL gas exposure; TWA gas exposure; over limit sensor alarm; low battery warning; and blocked pump alarm. Glen concluded his presentation with an overview of sensor poisoning with a list of substances that could cause the sensors to malfunction such as WD-40, Armor All, rust inhibitors and hand lotions. He also discussed substances like alcohol or methanol that can cause cross sensitivities. Summing up he emphasized the need for bump testing, calibration and verification of gas detectors.


Sat AnandSeptember 9, 2015

Presentation on “WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015 (GHS) and TDG updates” by Sat Anand

Sat made a presentation on the changes to TDG and WHMIS. The changes include:

  • A person may voluntarily display placards on a vehicle as long as it is not misleading as to the presence of any danger.
  • A definition of an Overpack was added.
  • A definition of a Consolidated Bin was added.
  • The need for a placard for any quantity of a Class 2.3 gases etc.
  • New placard for organic peroxide class 5.2.
  • Use of Toxic by inhalation and or Inhalation hazard for dangerous goods on shipping documents and on means of containment under special provision 23, Schedule 2.
  • The requirements in a mixed load of dangerous goods has changed with only goods under 1,000 kgs. needing a danger placard etc.
  • Vehicle transporting toxic, flammable or oxygen or class 2.2 is placarded with toxic gases placard. Other placards are not required.
  • Description of dangerous goods on Shipping documents should start with the UN number first.
  • New proof of classification is needed such as a test report or a lab report etc.
  • Shipping document must include a statement certifying the DGs, that they are properly classified, packaged and have DGs safety marks according to TDGR followed by a technical person name.
  • Only need 2 labels or placards on a tote.
  • There are new limited quantity signs.

Sat made a presentation on the changes to WHMIS (under GHS) and the changes include:

  • WHMIS changes from CPR to HPR (Hazard Product Regulation).
  • WHMIS 2015 came in force on Feb. 11, 2015. Employers must tell workers about it.
  • Transition periods were outlined. Until May 31, 2017 either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 can be used. After Dec. 1, 2018 all comply with WHMIS 2015.
  • USA is fully compliant to GHS from June1, 2015.
  • MSDS is called SDS
  • No 3 years expiry for SDS
  • Both languages SDS to be sent to the customer.
  • No hatched border for the WHMIS label
  • Training includes workplace procedures along with labels, SDS and hazard classes.
  • Pictograms with red square frame.
  • When WHMIS 2015 is used, you must also use SDS sheets (not MSDS).


May 13, 2015

Diane Bravo of Toronto Water

made a presentation on proposed changes to the Sewer By-law and the public consultation process. This presentation is part of the public consultation process.There are 5 proposed changes to the Sewer By-law.The major changes were to the Subject Threshold Reporting List.The By-law requires a report on 39 chemicals every 6 years. Changes will eliminate the need to report on trace amounts of those chemicals below the thresholds of 25% of the sanitary sewer limits.5 pesticides were removed from the list.Diane outlined the public consultation process.Toronto Water is looking for comments on the proposed reporting limits.A report will go the Committee in Oct. or Nov. 2015.The revised By-law should start in 2016.


Sgt Brent HillPaul MarleauMarch 11, 2015

Sgt. Brent Hill and Paul Marleau of the RCMP Chemical Diversion Unit made a presentation about the relationships between chemicals, organized crime and extremist violence. Sgt. Hill said that Canada was a significant source of synthetic drugs. Organized crime with links to Asian countries were a significant source of amphetamine stimulants.

Sgt. Hill showed a short video on meth-amphetamine.He talked about the synthetic chemical production process which is potentially toxic, explosive and flammable. There are many incidents that result in chemical burns and the release of toxic gasses. There is also a problem of drug producers dumping the leftover toxic chemicals made during the synthetic chemical production process.Brent walked the group through a virtual tour of a drug lab. Labs make meth, but they also make the pre-cursor chemicals necessary to produce meth.The building where the lab is located becomes a toxic waste site.

Brent also talked about chemicals and extreme violence. Chemicals are used to make explosives. He used the example of certain fertilizers which are a key component of the explosive.

Chemical companies and others should report suspicious chemical activities or transactions to the RCMP’s ChemWatch Hotline 1-800-387-0020.


David GardnerJanuary 14, 2015

David Gardner of Pinchin Ltd. presented on spill responsetopics including: why is spill response important; legislative requirements; components of a good spills response program; understanding the need for action; and having the tools to develop a spills response plan.

A Spill Response is important because: spills interfere with business; lead to illness; lead to fines; lead to fires; cause property devaluation; and could put a company's reputation at risk.

David outlined the Legislative Requirements for a spill response.

A Good Spill Plan includes:knowing how to protect yourself; doing an effective risk assessment; responding to all spills; and communicating as required.

Basic Spill Response Plan includes: prevention; preparedness; response; and recovery.

Preparedness includes: drills; ensuring easy access by emergency services; spill kits; and training.Response includes: assessing; making a decision; control zones; notifying; acting (including minimizing the discharge and containing the discharge); remediating; recovering & preventing; monitoring other team members; communicating; and reassessing if necessary.Recovery includes: restocking spill kits; posting debriefs; root cause analysis; and reviewing & updating the plan.

Gary SpencerNovember 19, 2014

Gary Spencer of Safetyscope did a presentation on Fall Protection and a Demonstration of Equipment. Gary overviewed fall protection legislation and statistics on falls. He talked about the force of a fall and who needs to be trained on fall safety. He reviewed the requirements for training and the new Ministry of Labour height training standard. Training could to be customized to special hazards in the sector as long as the learning standards are achieved.Training needs to have modules on basic theory and practical equipment. The Basic Theory Training needs to include a recognition of hazards of working at heights, warning methods, physical barriers, and safety procedures. The Practical Equipment Training module needs to include harnesses, lanyards, snap hooks, rope grabs, lifelines and various hooks and anchors.The module should also deal with barriers and safety nets, personal fall equipment, anchor points, anchor points and rescue planning.Practical training evaluations should include demonstrations on equipment inspection, how to put on equipment, tie offs and changing anchor points.


Ryan WheelerSeptember 16, 2014

Ryan Wheeler made a presentation on the Trans-Northern Pipeline Exercise on behalf of Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc. TNPI did 6 table top exercises and 1 full scale exercise in 2013. They also added a CBRN critical infrastructure exercise. This exercise was held for 2 days in March 2014.The exercise focused on a terrorist threat that impacted pipeline safety. The exercise took place in Alberta testing a unified command structure. The exercise focused on a terrorist threat of a bomb scare at 4 sites including a booster station, 2 block valves and a pump station.The exercise tested communications between the industry and 2 police departments.TNPI's role was to shut down the pipeline, do a recon for potential threats determine the threat of a simulated spill, priorized an engineering work around to get the pipeline working again and priorizing the spill response. The exercise findings were:

  • The unified command structure approach was not well understood when it involves to different police forces (there is no unified command).
  • Threat against one part of company impacts other parts of the company.
  • An employee assistance program would be needed at several locations.
  • There was little guidance to industry on how to do a recon and they are still looking for a procedure.


Rem Gaade

Andy Li of The Compliance Centre made a presentation on changes to the TDG regulations.Amendments were made to TDG to clarify the language of the regulations.Changes were also made partially as a result of the Quebec derailment.The major changes to TDG are on how to deal with flammables, packaging rules and communication of what is inside packages.Many of the TDG changes related to labeling and safety data sheets related to GHS.Andy highlighted amendments related to new safety marks and bins.Changes to safety marks include the use of danger placards, marine pollutants, limited quantity marks, organic peroxide, category B and consolidation bins.Compliance is required by Jan. 14, 2015. Need to comply with certification by Jun. 15, 2015.

Andy Li also mentioned changes to GHS including that CPR will change to HPR (Hazardous Product Regs.)Need to harmonize with US by Dec. 1, 2015.There are changes to the classification of hazards, labelling of hazardous products and safety data sheets.Physical hazards and health hazards need to be identified similar to TDG.GHS labels will be changed from WHMIS to pictograms.Safety data sheets need to be reformatted from 9 to 16 headings with new requirements for labels and training.


May 14, 2014

Stephen Sadler of Toronto Policemade a presentation on the Police and public partnerships – counter terrorism strategies and indicators. He started the presentation by defining anti-terrorism and counter- terrorism. The Police list critical infrastructure which includes chemical, oil and gas companies. Critical infrastructure can be terrorist targets.

He defined of terrorism which includes premeditated, deliberate, psychological and indiscriminate. Terrorism would disrupt critical infrastructure, government, financial institutions, religious and VIPs. Types of terrorism include nationalist, separatist, sovereignist, religious and state sponsored. Examples of Canadian Terror Attacks include the Litton, Toronto 18, natural gas pipelines, RBC Bank, Air India and Montreal Jewish School.

Stages of terrorist attacks include: Broad target selection; Intelligence & surveillance; Specific target selection; Pre-attack surveillance and planning; Tooling up (acquiring materials); Attack rehearsal; Actions on objective; and Escape and evasion. Indicators of terrorist activity includes: research, ID discrepancies, suspicious finances, site surveillance, political or religious changes and nervousness.

Stephen concluded the presentation by talking about TORIS – Toronto Operational Response Info System needs company info to operate.


Rem GaadeMarch 20, 2014

Rem Gaade of Gaade & Associates made a presentation on the Fundamentals of Emergency Response Plans. Rem indicated that companies must first assess their risks including the natural, technological and human risks and then prioritize them. An emergency plan would include sections on the emergency operations centre, departmental emergency procedures, public information plan and maintenance and training plan. He talked about the importance of the "business continuity philosophy" which would include the need for early discussions of what to continue doing and what to drop in your business continuity plan. Rem talked about how the management structure could change during an emergency such as who runs things when a manager is busy with the emergency. He suggested that an alternate work location should be designated when the main work location is compromised.

Rem outlined the use of an Incident Management System. There are 4 functional sections including: operations, logistics, planning and finance/administration. There should be several coordinators for the emergency including coordinators for: emergency response, liaison, communications and safety (which includes worker safety and that health & safety regulations are followed). The financial management coordinator should ensure that people are paid.


January 22, 2014

Sharon Walker of Vaughan Emergency Planningmade a presentation on "Protect in Place Live Exercise" .She developed 5 training videos to protect staff and patrons when it is too dangerous to evacuate.An Emergency Colour Code System was developed with the School Boards as two city facilities are attached to schools and most of the Community Centres are adjacent to schools.The exercise was meant to practice the Colour Code procedure.

The Coding System is:

  • Code Yellow - Fire, Gas Leak, Explosion or Chemical Spill in the building.
  • Code Red – hold and secure or lock down.
  • Code Black – Bomb threat.
  • Code White – Severe weather, tornado & thunderstorm.
  • Code Blue – Chemical leak or explosion.

The methodology of the exercises was that notices posted on doors to advise the public. A call was made to department with colour code issues or verbal announcement made. A script was handed to staff at community centres to announce and act upon. Reactions were timed. The public and visitors encouraged to participate. The Vaughan training videos could be made available for protect in place training for industry staff. Sharon also outlined the City of Vaughan's response to the ice storm.

Ginette BouchardGinette Bouchard of Bayer Inc.updated the CAER group on the Globally Harmonized System.GHS is the world standard for safety data sheets, language and labelling.Health Canada released a declassified version of GHS to WHMIS stakeholders and notification was posted in the Gazette Part 1 and on the Health Canada website to facilitate comments, changes and to allow for a quicker review.

Ginette identified a number of key changes in the GHS. The possible target dates are that the final proposed HPR published in Canada Gazette, Part I this spring (2014) – reduced comment period possible – followed by final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II.Amendments to Hazardous Products Act are expected in 2014.Expect implementation by June 2015, followed by a transition period that may extend as far as May 2017.WHMIS training and related programs fall within the scope of the provincial and territorial OSH regulations will have to be amended as well.

Ginette said that Health Canada (HC) is working with the provinces and territories to develop awareness and guidance materials for the GHS regulatory requirements.HC has established a training committee and is developing a new guidance manual.In the interim, updated information on the developing GHS program will be provided through partnership with CCOHS – webinars are currently being offered.During transition period will be able to use old system, new GHS or both.



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