Canada’s environment is something that we as Canadians take great pride in. Our vast wild spaces help set us apart from every other country in the world, so it only makes sense that our passion for protecting it is something that unifies us as a nation.
This same passion is what drives our core values here at iHazmat. Although we play a small role in the grand scheme of things, we make it our mission to help protect the environment the best way we know how. Our goal is to ensure dangerous goods arrive safely at their destination, in order to avoid incidents with the potential of negatively affecting our lands, our communities and Canada’s workforce.
We believe the best first line of defence against any spill or workplace incident is training. Educating Canada’s workforce to receive, handle, transport and ship dangerous goods correctly has proven to help reduce the amount of reported workplace incidents and spills. According to Statistics Canada, 334 incidents involving dangerous goods required a report to Transport Canada in 2015. This number was down 13.2% from 2014 and continues to decrease due to a number of contributing factors, with sizeable credit allotted to comprehensive training.
Our next line of defence is compliant packaging. When a shipment is in transport it is subject to a lot of movement so it’s packaging must be resilient and be able to withstand the forces it is exposed to. You may not know but most things classified as dangerous goods must be packaged in specific UN packaging. Package manufacturers produce packages for dangerous goods whose construction and performance are tested to UN standards. Packages are drop, stack, leak and pressure tested. A large part of our business is providing UN packaging to our customers to ensure their dangerous goods are packaged to be compliant with UN standards.
Lastly, we offer SDS authoring services. SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet. These are used in the workplace to provide more detailed hazard information about the product than the label. They are an important resource for workers because they provide information such as: what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, how to recognize symptoms of exposure and what to do if emergencies occur. Overall, this resource is imperative to a workers safety as well as it provides invaluable information on how to respond correctly in the event of a spill.
With preventative measures such as these, we make a small but powerful impact in protecting our lands, our communities and Canada’s workforce.