Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
of Safety
June 2024
Air Quality

In manufacturing workplaces, indoor air quality is a significant health and safety concern. Without proper or adequate heating and ventilation systems, remediation and maintenance can be difficult, causing air quality issues that can result in harm, injury, illness, or even death.

Reducing pollutants, such as construction materials, glues, and fibreglass for example, and proper storage of paints and chemicals and other contaminants will reduce the risks(s) to the worker.

Air quality is not related only to indoor spaces. Confined spaces and even outdoor air can collect airborne particles and fumes which also pose risks to those in proximity.

Take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Maintain protocols and procedures to maintain healthy indoor and confined space air quality
  • Train all employees and occupants and provide ongoing education on the risk and realities of poor air quality
  • Reduce sources of contamination such as moisture resulting in mould, invisible air pollutants, and harmful chemicals and/or mixing of those intentionally or otherwise, for example
  • Prohibit smoking outside doors or open vents
  • Monitor outdoor air quality and maintain preventative measures and provide equipment for those working in outdoor spaces
  • Ensure effective ventilation is in place, regulated and maintained regularly, including regular filter replacement where used
  • Remove excess moisture and clean the work environment regularly



Basic Training
Available by e-Learning
This awareness level course will introduce learners to how respiratory protection is used, inspected, and maintained in the workplace. This is a basic awareness course to help learners better understand how to protect their health and safety.  This course does NOT qualify individuals to work in Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) environments. Additional […]
Available by e-Learning
This course investigates WHMIS fundamentals, legislation, proper use of labeling, product warning identifiers, description and understanding of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), worker training requirements and supplier, employer and worker responsibilities.
Videos & Webinars
Air Quality Resources and Tools
Air Quality Assessment Indoor air quality has become an important health and safety concern. Depending on the materials used or handled, the heating or ventilation systems or the work processes within your facility, your workers may be exposed to contaminants in the air that can put their health at risk. WorkSafeBC has established occupational exposure […]
This resource provides a daily update on the Air Quality Health Index for locations across B.C.
Noise-induced hearing loss is among the most common occupational hazards people face at work—and poor (or toxic!) air quality is among the most dangerous.
Conference Session
Noise-induced hearing loss is among the most common occupational hazards people face at work—and poor (or toxic!) air quality is among the most dangerous. In this essential JHSC session, we cover the basics of air quality and noise exposure that every committee member should know. Find out how noise damage happens in our ears, what […]
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Associate Member
Nederman is a global leader for industrial air filtration technology and products dedicated to capturing, measuring, controlling and cleaning air to make industrial production more efficient, safe and sustainable. Nederman’s focus is to protect people, planet and production from the harmful effects of industrial processes, since 1944.
Conference Session
When organizations begin to implement principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, it can be helpful to let people connected to your organization know that your goal is to cultivate belonging. In this session discover the IDEAL Principles (Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility – Leading to belonging) developed by Realize Canada, and explore how you can use […]
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This manual, developed for employers, supervisors, and workers, describes different types of breathing hazards and respirators. It also explains how to choose, fit, and care for a respirator. In addition, the manual covers the essential elements of respirator programs.
High-performing teams and safety committees don’t just happen. In this workshop for JHSC members, team leaders, and anyone who works with others: Discover proven strategies to foster collaboration, communication, and synergy within your team. Learn how to establish accountability, build trust, and promote continuous improvement in a cohesive team environment. Equip your team with the […]
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas and is one of the leading causes of gas poisoning in North America. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels which you can find anywhere a fuel-powered engine operates.
Explore emerging trends in ESG and health and safety based on the results of a three-year National Safety Council study on The New Value of Safety, in partnership with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Companies that effectively integrate ESG strategies into their health and safety programs are positioned to attract and retain talent, improve productivity, and appeal […]
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Your safety committee may be a well-oiled machine, but unless both your company leadership and your colleagues are on board, it’s impossible to make change happen at work. Getting positive action on your committee’s recommendations requires influence at the leadership level, and often with your co-workers as well.In this session: Learn effective strategies to gain […]
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In this highly anticipated panel discussion, learn from highly effective joint health and safety committees. Get ready for an engaging session as our experienced panelists share their experiences in team building, procedures, and building influence with management to make change happen in their workplaces. Bring your questions for the panel and come away with insightful […]
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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.
A joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is a team  of worker and employer representatives working together to identify and help resolve occupational health and safety issues at their workplace.
Conference Session
Chances are, you may already be using Lean practices to streamline operations and productivity. Inexpensive and proven, Lean 5S principles have been adopted widely in the manufacturing sector. If you are using 5S operationally, you are likely already reaping health and safety benefits in a cleaner, more efficient, and organized work environment. But applied intentionally […]
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Safety champions are at the heart of your health and safety culture. Without their infectious enthusiasm, belief, and influence, your safety initiatives will lose momentum, and the culture you want will struggle to take hold. In this session, learn to identify and mentor the safety champions in your business. Identify the characteristics that make an […]
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With the opioid crisis unchecked in Canada and drug and alcohol use on the rise, few employers are entirely immune from the impact. From pre-shift cannabis use to a drink over lunch to a debilitating addiction, the level of impairment can vary—but long term, employers feel the effects through lost productivity and poor service, accidents […]
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A handy, printable checklist for inspection of your respirators.
NIOSH approved disposable respirators for food processing and manufacturing
We breathe 24/7 and rarely give it any thought.  But there are particulate contaminants, gas and vapours, and oxygen-deficient atmospheres that can impact our ability to breathe both at work and at home.  Sometimes their affects are acute (e.g., you pass out by getting a large exposure to a substance such as ammonia) or they […]
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This resource bundle includes: Particulate filter types poster Respiratory inspection checklist User seal checks for disposable respirators User seal checks for half-face reusable respirators with cartridges User seal checks for half-face reusable respirators with filters
Conference Session
In this engaging session, learn how a Joint Health and Safety Committee can help build and maintain a strong safety culture. A Joint Health and Safety Committee can play a key role in promoting safety and preventing workplace accidents—with effective JHSC participation and leadership. Through this session, gain new skills and practical strategies that can […]
Information on how to conduct user seal checks for reusable half-face respirators with filter
2024-10-10 08:30:00
Get your safety committee members on board, on side, and excited to be involved in important work together. In this practical workshop, learn practical tips and participate in role-playing scenarios to build your skills in handling common challenges, improving teamwork, and increasing engagement. Take away with a renewed sense of purpose and actionable strategies to […]
Apply your hazard assessment skills to develop an emergency response risk assessment in this hands-on workshop.
Inspection is one key task that the Joint Health and Safety Committee does to identify hazards in the workplace, recommend corrective action, and ensure completion.  In this practical workshop, learn the keys to committee involvement in effective workplace inspections  for safety committee members. More than that, learn new ways to follow up on completed inspections to […]
Inspection is one key task that the Joint Health and Safety Committee does to identify hazards in the workplace, recommend corrective action, and ensure completion.  In this practical workshop, learn the keys to committee involvement in effective workplace inspections  for safety committee members. More than that, learn new ways to follow up on completed inspections to […]
News & Blog Articles
Who does this impact? WorkSafeBC has announced that in 2024, as part of their Planned Inspections Initiative, they will be focusing inspections on the following manufacturing classification units (CUs). Historically, workers in these CUs are at higher risk for serious injury....
On Thu, Nov 16, Safety Advisor—Occupational Hygiene Specialist Brendan Talbot was invited to speak at the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association—BC Chapter (SMACNA-BC) November membership meeting. Brendan provided a riveting presentation on emergency response and preparedness to workers...