Hazardous substances include chemicals in all their forms (dusts, mists, gases, liquids, vapours etc.) nanotechnologies and biological agents. Workplaces using hazardous chemicals must implement proper controls to ensure the workforce involved in transporting, handling and using chemicals perform these processes in a safe manner. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations requires hazard identification and performance of Chemical Risk Assessments (CRA) in relation to all hazardous chemical agents in a workplace. The CPL and REACH regulations also impose additional obligations. These and other relevant legal requirements including those relating to asbestos, lead, radioactive agents and transportation are also covered by the training.

On completing this course the participant will be able to do the following in their workplace:
  • Understand legal obligations in relation to hazardous chemicals and actions needed to meet these,
  • Understand hazardous chemical dangers, correct labelling & Safety Data Sheets (SDS),
  • Gather and evaluate information about properties and hazards of chemicals,
  • Perform chemical risk assessments in a competent manner,
  • Determine and prioritise best practice control measures to reduce risk,
  • Identify appropriate information for training employees,
  • Determine when health surveillance is required,
  • Plan for chemical-related emergencies,
  • Source additional information about chemicals and their safe management.
  • General (background) and chemical-related health and safety legislation including CLP & REACH,
  • Classification of hazardous chemicals,
  • Chemical accident case studies,
  • Type and impact of health & environmental effects and safe working levels (SWLs),
  • Hazard identification & chemical risk assessment,
  • Sourcing information (use of SDS and other data sources),
  • Principles of risk reduction,
  • Exposure scenarios, basics of chemical monitoring & health surveillance,
  • Pro-active risk assessment, review and management of change,
  • Safe chemical handling and storage,
  • Emergency and spill response planning,
  • Information, instruction and training needs for employees,
  • Drafting a chemical management programme.

Case studies, discussions and interactive, problem-based individual and group training exercises are used to reinforce delegates’ learning.

This course is suitable for anyone involved with chemicals policy, chemical management and chemical risk assessment and also any involved in chemical handling, storage and transport including line managers, supervisors, EHS, quality and EHS professionals and auditors and general staff.

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