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>May 2012

Get Guided on Chemical Safety

New manual outlines the essentials of a chemical safety program

CCOHS Publication: Implementing a Chemical Safety Program

If chemicals are not used, stored and handled properly in the workplace, they can cause injury, illness, disease, fire, explosions, or property damage. Having a chemical safety program in your workplace will reduce health and safety risks, lower environmental impact, and decrease operation costs.

CCOHS' new Implementing a Chemical Safety Program manual provides step-by-step guidance on understanding, controlling and safely working with chemicals.

Topics include the elements of a chemical safety program, hazard identification systems, safely storing and working with chemicals, occupational exposure limits, and emergency preparedness and training.

Learn more about the manual and order online

A Toolkit for Learning

Health and safety comes to the classroom

CCOHS Publication: Health & Safety Teaching Tools

Teachers can play an important role in helping their students venture safely into the work world, and now there's a new tool to help them do that.

Available both online and in print, CCOHS' Health & Safety Teaching Tools is packed with more than 200 pages of safety information, tips, classroom activities, handouts, and quizzes. A basic version is also available for free online.

Learn more about Teaching Tools

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Is MSDS Authoring Software Right for You?

If you write MSDSs, here are factors to consider

CANWrite™ product webpage

Are you still writing your MSDSs with word processing software? With implementation of the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on the horizon, the time may be right for your organization to start using MSDS authoring software.

There are a number of factors to consider when thinking about using MSDS authoring software instead of using word processing software:

  • The number of MSDSs in your product line(s);
  • The number of product lines you have;
  • How frequently new products are added to your product line;
  • How frequently products are reformulated or rebranded;
  • How quickly new MSDSs are needed for new or reformulated products;
  • The work involved in updating your MSDSs;
  • The need to provide MSDSs in alternate languages in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Depending on your company's circumstances, the use of MSDS authoring software can help authors to create quality MSDSs more efficiently. CCOHS developed MSDS authoring software (CANWrite™) to assist small and medium-sized chemical manufacturers and distributors to write quality MSDSs.

"CANWrite is a tool that assists MSDS authors to efficiently write MSDSs that meet the regulatory requirements for both WHMIS and OSHA," explains Lorraine Davison, CCOHS' Chemical Services Manager. "When designing CANWrite, we considered the many challenges MSDS authors face every day - we looked for ways to improve authoring efficiency while keeping regulatory requirements and authoring good practices in mind. We have had very positive feedback from clients. They are very happy with the customizability that the software allows and the professional look of the MSDS created with CANWrite."

CANWrite's many innovative features can help authors improve compliance, accuracy, and efficiency. And with GHS now a reality in the United States and around the corner in Canada, now is a good time to consider switching to MSDS authoring software to optimize the production of your data sheets.

For more information on GHS:

To learn more about CANWrite and to see sample MSDSs visit our website or contact


Free Webinars from CCOHS

Watch these recorded sessions anytime

CCOHS Webinars Listing

CCOHS has recently added to its growing library of recorded webinars that you can watch for free at your convenience. New sessions include:

Breathe Easier: Work Related Asthma

This two-part series discusses up-to-date guideline-based education on work-related asthma.

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers

Learn more about a free online resource that provides employers with guidance on psychological health and safety that includes practical, accessible and actionable recommendations.

See all webinars

Register for Forum IV and Save

Save $100 with our early bird rates


Early bird pricing is still in effect for Forum IV, CCOHS' national conference on workplace health and safety. Collaborate on integrated, comprehensive approaches to total health and wellness at work, while taking in expert speaker sessions and panel discussions. Forum IV takes place on October 29 and 30, 2012, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Register by July 31 and save $100 off the regular registration rate. Special rates for CCOHS Members and full-time students are also available.

Learn more about Forum IV


Sponsor Forum IV

Sponsorship opportunities at various levels are available for Forum IV. As a Corporate Sponsor you not only gain valuable national exposure for your organization, but you also help to demonstrate leadership in the promotion of safety. Contact CCOHS for more information.



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