Chemical Safety Awareness

This course has been designed to provide participants with an increased level of awareness when handling chemicals in the workplace.

It will assist employees in interacting safely with chemicals and provide a basic knowledge of the controls necessary to minimise exposure to hazardous substances in the work environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the legislation relating to chemicals in the workplace
  • Explain the various forms that chemicals can take
  • List the routes of entry for chemicals
  • Describe the adverse health effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Recognise hazard pictograms
  • Explain the importance of chemical labelling and safety data sheets
  • Outline how to carry out a chemical risk assessment
  • Understand the hierarchy of control
  • Recognise safe working practices

Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to Chemicals

  • Chemical legislation
  • Chemicals in the workplace
  • Hazardous substances
  • Routes of entry
  • Adverse Health Effects

Unit 2: Chemical Labelling

  • Chemical Labelling
  • Hazard Pictograms
  • Safety Data Sheets

Unit 3: Chemical Risk Assessment

  • Duties of the employer
  • Duties of the employee
  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Control Measures
  • Hierarchy of Control

Unit 4: Safe Working Practices

  • Good hygiene practices
  • Storage of chemicals
  • Training
  • PPE
  • Emergency procedures

The course covers the legal responsibilities of the employer and the employee under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001 and the requirement to carry out chemical risk assessments in the workplace.  Chemical forms including liquids, solids and gases are discussed and participants are made aware of the hazardous properties of common workplace chemicals. 

The routes of entry of chemicals into the body and the potential acute and chronic health effects of working with hazardous substances are described in order to raise the level of awareness of those who have the potential to be exposed to chemicals at work.

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Participants are introduced to the correct labelling of chemicals under the CLP Regulations (EC) No. 1272/2008 and are informed on how to recognise a hazardous chemical through the use of hazard pictograms on chemicals labels. The requirement for the provision of safety data sheets (SDS) to employees whose job involves the use of hazardous chemicals is also dealt with to ensure that workers have the information necessary to work safely when handling chemicals. 

Chemical risk assessments are outlined as a responsibility of the employer and employees are given an insight into the control measures that can be utilised in the workplace in order to reduce exposure to hazardous substances.  An explanation of the hierarchy of control is also given when considering control measures.  The use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is covered when working with chemicals and participants are taken through safe working procedures including good hygiene practices, the requirement for chemical training, safe handling and storage of chemicals and the action to be taken in the event of an emergency.

The training course, which is divided into four units, is delivered online and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  The course is suitable for employees of all levels who have the potential to be exposed to hazardous substances as they carry out their workplace duties


Who is the course intended for?

The course is suitable for employees of all levels who have the potential to be exposed to hazardous substances as they carry out their workplace duties

How long does the course take to complete?

The course, which is delivered online, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete

Does the course outline my legal responsibilities in the workplace?

Yes the course covers the legal responsibilities of both the employer and the employee

How will I be assessed?

On completion of the course students are required to complete an end of course Quiz consisting of 20 multiple choice style questions.  You will have 2 attempts to complete the Quiz and must achieve 80% in this assessment in order to achieve your certification