Towards better control of chemical risks associated with mining operations in Quebec (Canada) Part 1: Repertory of chemicals used in mining


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Biyick, P.-P., Badri, A. et Gauthier, F. (2022). Towards better control of chemical risks associated with mining operations in Quebec (Canada) Part 1: Repertory of chemicals used in mining. International Review of Applied Sciences and Engineering, 13 (3). pp. 357-373. ISSN 2062-0810 DOI 10.1556/1848.2022.00486

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As of 2020, the mining industry in the province of Quebec (Canada) has been providing 16,000 jobs, the majority of these in the north part of the province and in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. From the exploration phase to the mining site rehabilitation phase, numerous chemical processes are used, often involving some of the most dangerous substances used on industrial scales. The hazards associated with many of these substances are in some cases not obvious, and symptoms of exposure may take years to appear. The risks associated with the industrial use of chemicals in Canada and abroad has long preoccupied health authorities, given the severity of the diseases that can occur. In Quebec, occupational diseases associated with exposure to industrial chemicals are reaching 1,500 cases per year. The principal focus of this study, presented in two articles, is to set a preliminary theoretical framework for categorizing chemicals in terms of their effects on the health of workers throughout the various phases of mining projects. The objective is to decrease (over the long term) the number of occupational diseases due to the use of chemicals by raising awareness among employers and exposed workers in the mining sector. This research was conducted in four phases. The present article contains the results of the first two stages, that is, a review of the literature to catalog the industrial chemicals used in mines and to list the potential effects of exposure to them, based on Safety Data Sheets. Eighty-five (85) chemicals used in at least one mining project phase and dozens of potential effects on worker health were identified. The rest of the study is presented in a second article.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Occupational health and safety Mining projects Chemicals Safety records Globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals Safety data sheets Quebec Canada INRPME
Date de dépôt: 21 déc. 2022 16:51
Dernière modification: 21 déc. 2022 16:51
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