How to identify chemicals or ingredients for elimination

Banning, Prohibiting and /or Restricting a Chemical or Ingredient

Eliminating the chemical or ingredient in the workplace eliminates the hazards associated with the chemical or ingredient. Elimination can prevent injuries, illness, loss or adverse effect on the environment. Elimination is the first method of control in chemical handling to consider. Elimination of a chemical or ingredient can take on a few different meanings.

Banned Chemicals or Ingredients are not to be present on a job site.

This method of control would begin with controlling access through a chemical approval process. Current inventories can be searched to determine if a chemical is being used and act to eliminate.

Banned Lists contain those chemicals and ingredients that are banned for use. The intention for the “Banned Lists” is not to simply provide a checklist to eliminate chemicals of concern. Rather, it should be viewed as specific examples that may also be used to guide substitution.

Prohibited Chemicals or Ingredients are allowed with very specific controls and limits. May require Senior Management and or HSE Committee approval. Organizations can select what chemicals and or ingredients are prohibited from their job sites, determine controls and limitations during the chemical approval process.

Prohibited Lists contain those chemicals and ingredients that have been approved with very specific controls. The intention for the “Prohibited Lists” is not to simply provide a checklist to eliminate chemicals of concern. Rather, it should also be viewed as specific examples that may substituted and/or require external monitoring or controls verification.

Restricted Chemicals or Ingredients are allowed with very specific controls and limits. Restriction may be based on use, volume, and/or environmental concerns. Organizations can select what chemicals and or ingredients are restricted, determine controls and limitations during the chemical approval process. Products listed in different environment and import requirements can be linked to meet restrictions.

Where to Begin? 3 Steps to Get You Started:

  1. Identify chemicals or ingredients of concern on human health and the environment. This can be done right in msdsBinders, run a regulatory report on designated substances of concern (i.e. BC/ON Designated Substances List, Alberta Code of Practice Schedule 1) for your jurisdiction to scan your chemical inventory. This will identify chemicals of concern in your jurisdiction.
  2. Search for chemicals or ingredients of concern in your chemical inventory. This can be done in msdsBinders by searching your chemical inventory by CAS number for the substance of concern.
  3. Act and eliminate. Once the substance restriction has been adopted, your organization must comply. The elimination of a substance must be in your chemical approval and handling process. It needs to be communicated to all areas from procurement to field workers.

Speak to a Chemscape Representative for further information on the elimination and substitution of dangerous substances as well as how you can use our CHAMP technology in msdsBinders to begin substituting for less hazardous chemicals.

Author: chemscape

Michael Phibbs, CIH ROH MBA, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and Registered Occupational Hygienist by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. Mike owns Deerfoot Consulting and has authored 1000's of Material Safety Data Sheets. Mike also owns Chemscape Safety Technologies which offers Chemical Hazard & Risk Management Technologies including MSDS management services with msdsBinders, as well as online WHMIS and TDG training courses.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s