FEBRUARY 2017

Spend a safety minute with President Turpin

David Turpin talks about safety and its importance as a shared responsibility. 

WHMIS 2015 elearning module - now available

The updated WHMIS eLearning course is now available on the EHS website. The course describes "WHMIS 2015" requirements for labelling, safety data sheets and hazard classification.

Planning to fly a drone for field research this summer?

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in field research is growing around the world. Getting a drone program up and running effectively, legally and safely requires a significant amount of preparation. Risk Management Services, working with the Field Research Office, wants to help.

First, we'd like to know who's doing what . Whether you're already a pilot or are just thinking about it, please spend a moment checking boxes in this short form.

Policy news

The UAPPOL scope statement is changing! (The scope statement, which can be found a few lines down from the top of a UAPPOL policy or procedure, tells you which groups the policy or procedure applies to.) Since the inception of UAPPOL, most policies simply state that the policy applies to “all members of the university community.” In some cases, this blanket statement has led to confusion. For that reason, from now on, UAPPOL policy writers will indicate which specific groups a particular policy applies to. 

New policies will use the updated scope statement. Existing policies will be reviewed and updated at the time of the regular review of the policy, which happens every five years.

WC and ECCC declaration form: Due Feb 17

Every year, Environment, Health & Safety is obligated to report the university's use, production and storage of chemicals that are regulated by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). For 2017, EHS combined the two declaration forms to simplify the process. Anyone who uses, produces or stores regulated chemicals must complete the form by February 17, 2017.

Not sure what's meant by a "regulated chemical?" For more information, visit the EHS webpage or contact ehs.info@ualberta.ca

Got PPE?

Did you know that not all gloves are created equal? That all respirator users must be fit tested? That safety glasses are no match for splashes? EHS has created a series of short videos that stress the importance of both selecting and using PPE correctly. 

The videos are herehere and here. Please share freely! For more information, contact ehs.info@ualberta.ca

There's a new hazardous materials and equipment database

Launched in early January 2017, the new EHS database is for all university researchers who work with hazardous materials. The database lets you register and update laboratory information online and print hazard signage. 

Over the course of the year, EHS will contact researchers to assist with registration. To learn more about the database, visit the webpage or contact ehs.info@ualberta.ca

Failure to educate?

The Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (CURIE) provides access to timely and useful education on various risk and insurance issues. Here's a webinar on the subject of "failure to educate," which CURIE calls a "growing genre of claim." This will be of interest to anyone who deals with students and academic matters.