T. Harris Training Courses

For almost thirty years from the 1950’s to the late 1970’s, Ontario in general, and Toronto in particular, underwent an unprecedented construction boom.

It has now been proven that many of the building practices which were acceptable during that time are potentially hazardous to human health. For example, the widespread use of asbestos as a component of many building materials such as sprayed fireproofing, acoustic materials, and thermal insulation on mechanical systems, and construction of “air tight” buildings, have all contributed to living and working environments that have the potential to cause a variety of health problems. The presence of mould in buildings is also a health concern.

For more than a decade, T. Harris Environmental Management Inc. (T.H.E.M.) has provided training courses dealing with the identification, safe management and remediation of a wide range of hazardous materials, indoor air quality and health and safety management in buildings.

Training courses teach step-by-step procedures that will enable you to interpret relevant regulations and standards, identify hazards, assess solutions and implement control and remedial measures.

Our course instructors are highly qualified, and have the added advantage of many years of hands-on experience in their particular fields. Courses are presented in an informal setting, and are designed to ensure quick understanding of each subject under discussion. The use of multi-media material makes learning both dynamic and easy.

Courses can be also be tailored to suit specific client requirements – contact one of our offices to inquire how we can design specific training courses for your staff.

Mould Awareness Training (1 day)
Contamination due to the presence of mould in buildings has recently become a matter of considerable concern. Indoor air quality can be dramatically affected by mould contamination resulting in a variety of health problems as benign as allergic reaction or as serious as toxic effect. This problem has arisen in a wide range of buildings such as schools, school portables, office structures, and private residences.

This extremely informative course is a “must attend” for building owners, contractors, building managers and health workers who may encounter mould contamination problems.

Topics discussed:

  • Potential sources of mould contamination
  • Effects of mould on human health
  • Identification of hazards
  • Testing for mould presence
  • Remediation programmes
  • Ongoing prevention and monitoring Guidelines

IAQ Indoor Air Quality Management (1 day)
The term “sick building syndrome” made headlines some ten years ago when it was identified as a contributing factor to poor health, reduction of worker efficiency and other associated problems. Sick building syndrome has been attributed to the building industry’s efforts to conserve energy by making buildings air tight and therefore more energy efficient. We now understand the reasons for problems that can arise in buildings with HVAC systems operating at less than optimum efficiency.

Those who will benefit from this course include building owners and managers and Health and Safety personnel who will learn how to improve air quality in buildings through proper remediation techniques.

Topics discussed:

  • Contributing factors to poor indoor air quality
  • Monitoring air quality parameters
  • Identifying air quality problems
  • Remedies to improve air quality

EAM Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (1 day)
Our environmental auditing and management systems course will give portfolio managers, property managers, auditors and regulatory representatives a thorough understanding of the principles involved when conducting an Environmental Compliance Audit (ECA) and an Environmental Management Audit (EMA).

The ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems, which has some basis in the earlier ISO 9000 programme, will be covered in detail. Although primarily designed for manufacturing and industrial establishments, ISO 14001 can also be applied to other institutions.

Topics discussed:

  • Review of current Federal and Provincial environmental regulations and Municipal by-laws
  • ISO 14001 EMS requirements
  • Successful ISO 14001 case studies
  • Other guidelines and initiatives

HSM Training for Health and Safety Managers and Supervisors (1 day)
For managers, supervisors and maintenance personnel responsible for health and safety issues. The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) mandates that employers are required to employ properly trained personnel who will oversee a Health and Safety policy. Participants in this course will qualify to meet OHSA standards. A current copy of OHSA regulations will be given to each attendee.

Topics discussed:

  • In-depth look at OHSA regulations
  • Establishing an on-site Health and Safety programme
  • Implementation of the Health and Safety programme
  • Ongoing programme management
  • Auditing of programme results

AB-1 Controlling Asbestos in Buildings and Industrial Environments (2 days)
This highly informative course is specifically aimed at architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, and site supervisors. During this two-day programme, participants will study all aspects of asbestos control.

Attendees will receive a manual which describes in detail all topics covered during this training course.

Topics discussed:

  • History and uses of asbestos
  • Health effects associated with exposure to asbestos
  • Identifying immediate and potential hazards
  • Steps available for remediation
  • Determining the most effective control methods
  • Implementing remediation plans
  • Post-remediation site inspection
  • Provincial government regulations
  • Asbestos control and management programmes

AB-2 Identifying Asbestos Hazards (1/2 day)
This intensive half-day workshop is designed for maintenance workers and their supervisors who either work in close proximity to or may come into contact with asbestos. Emphasis is on the identification and safe handling of asbestos.

Participants who complete this course will meet all requirements as set out in Ontario Regulation 278/05 and Ministry of Labour guidelines. All attendees receive a detailed course manual, half-face respirator, and will undergo respirator fit-testing.

Topics discussed:

  • Identification of immediate and potential hazards
  • Worker safety
  • Appropriate handling procedures
  • When to call in expert assistance
  • Provincial government regulations

SP Spill Prevention (1 day)
Any industry that stores large quantities of liquids needs a spill prevention programme designed to deal with potential hazards resulting from spills. Having a spill prevention programme in place is even more imperative if those liquids are hazardous or environmentally dangerous.

Our Spill Prevention course offers participants a comprehensive understanding of how to design and implement a Spill Prevention Programme.

Topics discussed:

  • Identification of potential spill risks
  • Spill prevention planning, implementations and auditing
  • Designing appropriate containment systems
  • Proper procedures in handling spills
  • Worker awareness of spill prevention

Post-course polling of attendees has made it clear that our courses are rated highly in both content and presentation.