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Health & Safety Manager

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There are many chemical and physical health and safety hazards in a shop, but an effective safety program will minimize the risk of injury or illness. There is a very strong link between a profitable shop and a safe shop because workers are more productive, and less wasted downtime is experienced.

Workers and employers must share the responsibility for occupational health and safety. The Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA) have dedicated consultants who can help shops in Ontario to implement or to improve their health and safety program in a way that fits your needs. Your can contact them for more information at: or by phone at 1-888-478-OSSA. The OSSA can provide you with easy to read safe work guidelines explaining safe work practices for a variety of jobs in your shop.

In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force on October 1, 1979. Its purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job.

The following Ministry of Labour (OHS) website provides information regarding the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, a list of helpful resources, and a variety of other information that will assist a shop with the health and safety program.

No matter where your shop is located in Ontario, for more information you can contact the OHS branch in your area.

Occupational Health and Safety Branch
Ministry of Labour
655 Bay Street, 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
General Inquiries: 1-800-268-8013 (in ON only)
FAX (416) 326-7761

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The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) provides information on effective shop health and safety practices in a poster and pamphlet called 'The Top Ten Steps…to a safer more profitable shop". It is available directly from the AIA, or through your paint supplier or jobber.

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Health and Safety Information in Product Literature:
Bayer Corporation's Coatings and Colorants Division provides on-line access to health and safety information for its automotive products.
Desmodur N - Hexamethylene DiisocyanateBased Polyisocyanate Health and Safety
Bayer Corporation health and safety brochure on auto refinish paints containing polyisocyanates.
Safe Application of Polyurethane Automotive Finishes
Bayer Corporation brochure on safe handling of auto refinish paints containing polyisocyanates.
Working Safely with Polyurethane Paints (Auto Refinish)
Video and brochure.



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