There’s always a chance that spills or leaks can happen when chemicals are used. Employers are responsible for developing appropriate procedures and ensuring that workers know how to use potentially hazardous products correctly. The best approach is following the rule of “The Three P’s.”
– By Isaac Rudik at Compliance Solutions Canada
It’s an all too-familiar story: A business doesn’t pay attention to potential hazard risks that fall under its control, a leak occurs and goes unnoticed, environmental damage results and courts levy hefty fines to cover both the clean-up and as a penalty.
It happened again in June after James Dietrich, a South Huron, Ontario, agribusiness owner, was slapped with a robust five figure fine plus clean-up costs when corn liquor runoff from large storage bins went unseen and unchecked, polluting the Ausable River two years earlier.
Dietrich’s problems began when someone complained to the Ministry of Environment that water in the creek next to their building suddenly turned black and foul smelling. An investigation revealed that corn silage liquor in a bunker silo on Dietrich’s property found its way to a nearby drain tile that flowed into the river. Keep Reading here.