Designated Substances

Maintain workplace safety and comply with legislation

Most jurisdictions have regulations about how to handle, remove, and dispose of various hazardous substances. Designated substances are materials designated as hazardous by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Regulation 490/09, facilities must identify designated substances prior to any to upgrades, repairs, or any work that may disturb the material.

The following are designated substances in Ontario:

  • Acrylonitrile
  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Coke oven emissions
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Isocyanates
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Silica
  • Vinyl chloride

The iMAP Designated Substances Management System, part of iMAP Software, helps facility owners identify where designated substances exists within a facility and meet all legislative requirements. The iMAP Designated Substances Management System helps iMAP certified users conduct a Designated Substance Survey (DSS), identifies risks, keeps workers safe, and helps commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities prioritize and schedule designated substances removal and upgrade.

What are the advantages of the iMAP Designated Substances Management System?

Identifies, documents, and labels designated substances

Aided by iMAP Software, iMAP certified users conduct a systematic survey on equipment, piping, structures, and buildings, identifying the substances present, their locations and concentrations. Auditors collect materials and submit samples to an accredited laboratory for analysis. iMAP Software documents designated substances on floor plans, complete with lab results and geotagged images. With the information contained in iMAP’s detailed reports, you can take appropriate steps to protect workers and the public from exposure to any designated substances that may be present.

Ensures regulatory compliance

iMAP Designated substances Management System includes designated substances hazard codes – details of your region’s legislation and regulations – that help organize efficient and complete data entry. By matching results in the field with local legislation, iMAP Software ensures your facility complies with applicable regulations for reporting, remediation, and removal.

Improves productivity

Eliminating risk of exposure to designated substances is simpler when all standards, documents, and information are integrated in one place. iMAP Software is a complete data management system, where you can store engineering drawings, plant isometrics, piping and instrumentation drawings (P&ID), digital imaging, lab results, and other documents as required. Authorized users enjoy secure access to all documentation and reports from any web browser. They can give field workers up-to-date site information and ensure contractors have all the information they need to execute a work order.

Simplifies planning and budgeting

iMAP Software defines designated substances maintenance and removal priorities, using priority codes based on audit results, applicable legislation, industry standards, and any corporate standards. Similarly, reason codes identify abatement priorities. iMAP Software also recommends best ways to approach repairs and abatement, and calculates the costs including access, material, and labour. You can easily configure and view reports by budget, priority codes, or equipment location, helping you plan remediation activities.

Reduces time to repair

iMAP designated substances audits allow facilities to efficiently schedule designated substances removal or abatement while minimizing risk to maintenance crews. Designated substance identification helps plan workflow and equips contractors with valuable information that maintains worker safety.