Chemical Safety Awareness

Provides learners with an increased level of awareness when handling chemicals in the workplace.

About Course

The course 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.

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.

Employers will benefit from having a more skilled, productive and competent workforce which will assist in complying with their legal requirements and reduce the risk of absences due to work related injury.

Who is this training 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.

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

Course Delivery Method

This course is delivered online through Skills Team Online Learning Portal that can be used on any device – desktop, mobile or tablet – whenever and wherever you wish. You do not have to complete the course in one sitting and can pause, and come back to the course content at a later stage, as you see fit.

At the end of the course learners are required to complete a multiple choice exam, you will need to reach a mark of 80% or more to receive a certificate of completion. The certificate is valid for 2 years

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