Hazardous Chemical Training

Hazardous Chemical Training to manage the systems to reduce the risk associated with chemicals in your workplace. This training will assist in ensuring that all workers are aware of the issues associated with handing storing mixing chemicals.

These programs are contextualised to your workplace, designed and delivered by safety and specialists with educational background to provide relevance and better learning outcomes.

Hazardous Chemical Training

Hazardous Chemical Training Course Overview

This Hazardous Chemical Training is aimed at workers and their supervisors of how to manage chemicals in the workplace. Hazardous chemicals are any substance, mixture or article classified under a hazard category in the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. With the update of the WHS Legislation across Australia the term has moved from being hazardous substance to now hazardous chemical.

We use GHS classifications in Australia to communicate chemicals’ properties and dangers through labels, registers and safety data sheets. This is a GHS compliance training course to assist workers in understanding the various pictograms, signal words and hazard/precautionary statement that are on Safety Data Sheets (SDS) or (MSDS as there were once called) and labels.

This course is also used by companies as chemical management refresher for those who have completed the 10895NAT – Course in Chemicals Management, training.

This training can also be tailored to be initial training or shorter course in chemical management as a refresher including GHS and SDS requirements and serve as a verification of competency (VOC) to maintain knowledge.


This WHS training is completed in house at your location and can be amended to account for experienced or novice participants. For these bookings please contact our offices for a obligation free quote.
*travel costs may apply outside of the Gold Coast.

Course Inclusions

Training conducted by one of our experienced WHS industry practitioner with over 25 years of strong knowledge of the relevant legislation and industry practices.
– Practical and theoretical activities to assist the Chemical training.
– Participant notes plus copies of chemical specific Safety Data Sheets for the risk assessment training.

Each Trainee Must

  • Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
  • Have the ability to read and write English.

Hazardous Chemical Training Course Outline

– GHS Legal implications relating to chemicals in the workplace and how they are managed.
– The process of hazard management and how it applies to chemicals, including how to identify, assess, control, monitor and review their use.
– Why we have policies and procedures for the use of chemicals in the workplace.
– What procedures should be carried out in an emergency.
– Details on chemical entry into the body.
– Evaluation of handling and storage methods.
– *Specific chemical safe handling training on request.

Managing the Hazardous Chemical risks
Businesses have a duty to identify, assess and control risks in the workplace. When assessing the risk of hazardous chemicals, think about:
– the hazardous properties of the chemical
– potential reactions between the chemical and another substance or mixture, including hazardous substances the reaction may generate
– the nature of the work involving the chemical
– any structure, plant or work system that could interact or involve with the chemical.

The Model Code of Practice – Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace has more information on assessing and controlling chemical risks.

Keeping workers safe
As a business, you must store hazardous chemicals safely and communicate hazard information to your workers, including:
– correctly labelling all chemical containers and pipework using warning placards and safety signs.
– storing chemicals correctly.
– keeping a chemical register, which must include a copy of the current safety data sheet (SDS) for each chemical on the register.
– keeping a chemical manifest if the quantity is over the manifest threshold.
– display placards if the chemical quantity is over the placard threshold.
– inform, train, instruct and supervise workers.

Health monitoring for workers
– You must not exceed workplace exposure standards for certain airborne chemicals.
– You must also provide health monitoring to workers for certain chemicals.


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Are workers trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

The business is required to educate workers on selecting the correct PPE (personal protective equipment) to use when handling different chemicals. Required PPE may include gloves, footwear, facemasks and goggles.

PPE should only be selected after all hazards of a specific chemical or task have been identified. Safety equipment also needs to be comfortable to prevent incidents from occurring. For example, if touch sensitivity is essential for a task, textured and thin gloves are required to ensure agile movement.

Our Hazardous Chemical Training can provide your workers with an understanding of the PPE requirements. Site specific hazardous chemical training can include your PPE and any site specific requirements.

Do you have safe handling practices for the chemicals you use?

Each chemical used within your business should have a specific procedure for safe handling. Ensure all employees are familiar with this.

Essential aspects of safe handling practices are:
– Reading & re-reading each chemical SDS to minimize the risk of mishandling.
– Wearing PPE.
– Disposing of hazardous chemicals appropriately.
– Being prepared for emergencies with first aid.
– Not working with or handling chemicals while alone.
– Using all precautions to avoid spillage, leakage or dropping chemicals during transportation.

Do workers understand the Globally Harmonised System of Classifying and Labelling Chemicals (GHS)?

Since the start of 2017 GHS labelling for primary and secondary containers became mandatory in Australian states. The GHS provides a universal standard for the labelling of hazardous goods, and includes information on chemical hazards, as well as storage instructions, placards, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Manufacturers and suppliers should always have the correct GHS labelling on hazardous goods, so it’s important to ensure everyone understands how to read GHS labels, and is familiar with the requirements for labelling.

This Hazardous Chemical Training covers the necessary aspects of the GHS so that workers can readily understand the SDS and safe handling requirements.

Have you educated your staff on risk management policies and practices?

As part of the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Regulation, businesses have specific duties to manage risks associated with chemicals in the workplace. This means having clear risk management policies and processes in place.

Following this hazardous chemical training your team should be able to assist in establishing procedures and policies, including:
– Emergency plans if any unexpected accidents or reactions occur.
– Information on where fire safety and first aid equipment is stored.
– The correct way to decommission any chemical storage or handling systems.
– Spill containment systems for hazardous chemicals.
– How to assess risk surrounding hazardous chemicals.

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