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#OHSMatters March 2020 Newsletter

Written by: Lisa Hallsworth

Published on: 26 March 2020

The Coronavirus - Need Help to Ensure You Are Using Effective Disinfectants?

The coronavirus has left many businesses reeling while other organizations are expending heroic effort in disinfect surfaces to prevent its spread. The disinfecting efforts present two challenges: ensuring the correct use of disinfectants that meet established criteria for use against the coronavirus and protecting workers both from the virus and the excessive exposure to these disinfectants, which can be hazardous. 

While the situation continues to rapidly evolve, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified disinfectants in their List N, that meet the criteria for use against the coronavirus. Note that per guidance from the EPA FAQs, all products in List N are thought to be effective, even if they do not specifically list the “human coronavirus”.

On March 26th, Health Canada released it's own list of hard-surface disinfectants that meet their requirements for emerging viral pathogens. "These authorized disinfectants may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19." We know that many have been challenged with finding proper disinfectants and we hope this makes the process easier.

Actually figuring out which commercially available products match this list, was more challenging than it should have been so Rillea Technologies has posted a blog that cross-references products between the US EPA List N with their equivalent Health Canada DIN-registered versions, along with links to safe-handling instructions and the safety data sheets.  Please click the link to our blog to see the list to date. 

If you are unsure that the product you are using is effective to kill the coronavirus, please feel free to reach out. We will do our best to help you confirm the information.

Looking to Capitalize on Your Time By Implement a Chemical Risk Reduction Management System?

If your organization is non-essential but lucky enough to still have paid employees through the crisis, this may be a great time to review your chemicals in SDS RiskAssist, prioritized by hazard. Some of our clients have eliminated 1/3 of their chemicals and used auto-tagging to assign safe-handling instructions to those remaining, with a click of the mouse! This has resulted in the elimination of worker/environmental risks, lower procurement and PPE costs and easier chemical-specific training. Getting this done during the slow period will pay dividends when your organization is ready to startup again.

If you are not yet a client but have an electronic collection of SDSs, on-boarding can be completed quickly, remotely and with no on-boarding cost. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

To assist with the chemical risk reduction process, Rillea has created a Chemical Risk Reduction Infographic that details 10 steps to transform your chemical collection from one that is unmanaged to one with a sustainable and transparent internal responsibility system. Feel free to print this free infographic for your organization.

Rillea Technologies Wins The Ottawa Network Bootstrap SAAS Award!

The Ottawa Business Journal recently announced the winners of The Ottawa Network and Smart & Biggar sponsored annual Bootstrap Awards, and Rillea Technologies was thrilled to receive the SAAS (Software as a Service) award for its cloud-based software, SDS RiskAssist

The Ottawa Network’s Bootstrap SAAS Awards consider entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their company uses Software as a Service to provide a product that has customer uptake and enthusiasm as shown in number of customers and/or growth.

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 __ Lisa & Rob, Rillea Technologies

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SDS RiskAssist an Ontario-based company that uses the power of technology to give employers control and understanding over the otherwise pervasive and worrisome use of chemicals. SDS RiskAssist enables workers to know why chemicals are being used, what their benefits and hazards are and how to use them safely! Workers can access this knowledge via mobile or desktop SafetySnaps™, from anywhere in the world. SDS RiskAssist is the winner for 5 years running, of Readers’ Choice Awards by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine (2018-2022); the 2019 Innovation Guelph Startup of the Year Award; the 2019 Quinte Business Achievement Award (Trailblazer category) and The Ottawa Network’s 2020 Bootstrap Award (SaaS category). We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, working with our clients to take action for a sustainable planet.