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Occupational Health and Safety Committee Representatives in Area 07 - BC Federation of Labour "Occupational Health" Course

The “Occupational Health” course will be offered at the Okanagan area office in Kelowna on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be delivered by a facilitator from the BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre.

Health hazards are not as obvious and apparent as safety hazards in the workplace and as such often don’t receive proper attention and resources comparatively but their effects can be devastating.

Empowering workers, supervisors and managers to interpret reports, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and research potential health hazards is a vital role and function of any proactive health and safety program.

Learn about new legislative changes to WHMIS through the introduction of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemicals and controlled products. These new requirements change the way that chemicals are labeled, stored and inventoried.

Learn about the best practices and industry standards concerning occupational hygiene monitoring. Who, what, where, when and how to sample exposures to workplace toxins is imperative knowledge for any workplace wanting to be in compliance with both Provincial and Federal legislation.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn about how our bodies are affected by workplace toxins and exposures e.g. Asbestos, Molds, Biological Hazards, Noise and Combustible Dust.
  • Learn about pending changes relating to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
  • Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational hygiene monitoring and interpreting occupational hygiene reports, including TLV’s and TWA’s along with other important terms and reference

You are entitled to take at least 8 hours of annual health and safety training. Your employer must pay any reasonable costs in order for you to take this training, including your leave of absence from work. You must apply for this training through your employer and the cost of this training is $115 per person. Employer OHS representatives are invited to register but will only be accepted if there is space. The maximum registration is 24. A pre-requisite for this course is the BCGEU 1 day Basic OHS (Labour Code) or 2 Day Basic Government OHS training.

If you have already taken your 8 hours of annual training, the OHS department will consider sponsoring you to take this training. Please indicate your need for this sponsorship when you register through your area office. The area office will then confirm the funding with the OHS department.

Contact the Okanagan area office to 250-763-6405 to register.  Please provide your leave requirements and any dietary restrictions.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about health hazards in the workplace. If you have any questions, please contact the Okanagan area office or email [email protected]

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