“Alongside POLAR, Bronson is developing laboratory environmental, health and safety documentation.”
Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is a federal agency that is responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promoting knowledge related to polar regions. POLAR performs and funds polar research work and operates the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Bronson is supporting POLAR by developing a series of guidance documents necessary to meet the environmental and health and safety requirements associated with the management of their facilities. Bronson has developed a Laboratory Health and Safety Master Manual and is currently working on the development of related chemical spill and hazardous material management guidance documents.
POLAR required the development of guidance documents necessary to meet the environmental and health and safety requirements associated with managing the CHARS campus while also being tailored to the unique characteristics of the CHARS campus including its remote location and the type of work that is being undertaken there.
Our Solution and Outcome
This work has involved compiling up-to-date information on legislation, guidelines and procedures related to laboratory health and safety and environmental requirements, including:
- The Canada Labour Code;
- The Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations; and
- Federal and territorial environmental legislation.
This information as well as examples from other federal laboratories are being used to develop the guidance documents required to safely and effectively operate the CHARS campus.