Carbon dioxide gas is colourless and odourless gas or extremely cold liquid under pressure or refrigeration. It will not burn. Carbon dioxide is a compressed gas. It can displace oxygen in air and may accumulate in low areas which can be a confined space hazard. Carbon dioxide is a very mild central nervous system tranquilizer. Very high concentrations may cause headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, restlessness and disorientation. Liquefied gas may cause frostbite.
Every successful senior executive wants to reduce costs and improve productivity and profitability. Although meeting production schedules is traditionally seen as the highest priority, a business case can be made for seeing effective safety performance as an equally viable means of improving the bottom line. The cost of poor safety performance negatively impacts the bottom line for organizations. It can be shown how good safety management practices help senior executives achieve a competitive advantage and obtain lower operational costs, increased efficiency, potential workers’ compensation premium rebates and improved shareholder confidence.
A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a worker to enter. It is not designed for someone to work in regularly, but workers may need to enter the confined space for tasks such as inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair.
An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program is a system to manage health and safety issues in the workplace. It is intended to prevent injury or illness to people, and damage to property or the environment.
A JHSC is a primary component of any employer’s Occupational Health and Safety Management system. It helps to address one of the basic rights of workers, the right to participate in workplace health and safety.
A JHSC has been a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more workers since 1977.