Target Audience

  • All employees
  • Supervisors
  • Line managers
  • Contractors, and
  • Subcontractors

Introduction of the Hazardous Chemical Substances (HCS) in the Workplace e-Learning Training Course

This course provides initial understanding of the introduction of and the classification and identification of Hazardous Chemical Substances, Dangerous Goods and other environmental harmful substances. This is accompanied with workplace air monitoring and testing programs which aim to indicate the suitability of the workplace for Hazardous Chemical Substance:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Storage
  3. Handling, and
  4. Transportation.

This course teaches the candidate about the fundamentals of identifying and classifying Hazardous Chemicals. It enables candidates to indicate and identify suitable areas for hazardous chemical substance processes, including:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Handling, and
  3. Storage thereof.

Aim of the Hazardous Chemical Substances (HCS) in the Workplace Training Course

To ensure that the candidate understands the importance of training and information provision to employees who are likely to be exposed to, or who may work with hazardous chemical substances. Training and information will include the following:

  1. Formal and informal methods of training
  2. Online or eLearning, and
  3. Daily or weekly toolbox talks relating to the hazards of various classes of hazardous chemicals.

This course provides the candidate with knowledge on how to deal with hazardous chemical spillages along with other associated emergencies in the workplace that may include:

  1. Exposure injuries, and
  2. Fire and accidental release of hazardous chemical substances.

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Course Outcome of the Hazardous Chemical Substances (HCS) in the Workplace Training.

Upon completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Understand Hazardous Chemical Substances and be able to demonstrate when and where risk assessments for hazardous chemical exposure is required
  2. The effects of exposure to such hazardous chemical substances, and
  3. The common characteristics of exposure and route of entry into the human body.

There are numerous Medical Health Monitoring programs available for hazardous chemical exposure and in addition, through attending and completing this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Identify and be aware of situations and conditions which may affect the employee’s ability to work
  2. Understand the procedural requirements when affected including the different exposure routes from hazardous chemicals
  3. Explain and develop a risk assessment program pertaining to the management and prevention of workplace hazardous chemical conditions, and
  4. Ensure essential monitoring through the level of supervision as reflected by the severity of the risks involved and the ability of employees to avoid them.

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Key Content Covered

The content of this course is aimed at ensuring that the candidate can demonstrate suitable knowledge of hazardous chemicals used in the working environment. Through this course, the candidate is provided with knowledge that will enable them to identify the properties of the chemicals used and the importance of protecting themselves, others, equipment product, and the environment. The reduction of exposure by awareness of the proper handling of chemicals, wearing of the correct protective clothing, or PPE, and selecting the correct equipment for handling hazardous chemicals. The identification of Safety, Health, and Environmental hazards by including safety responsibilities and accountabilities. This involves the solving of common problems along with making decisions through critical thinking. This is applicable when implementing or creating a workplace which is safe by managing hazardous chemicals only as prescribed and according to the manufacturer guidelines which maximize operator and product safety. Hazardous chemicals should only be used as prescribed by:

  1. Evaluating the potential hazards, implement required processes to promote the safety and health of employees, and ensure that hazardous chemicals are secured correctly, and that access is restricted.

This course outlines the preparation for recommending the use of equipment, the consequences of incorrect hazardous chemical disposal, and that it is monitored through an in-house program.
Taking the necessary steps to ensure that the workplace is regularly cleaned and free from spillages and leakages due to hazardous chemical handling.
This course extensively covers the following content:

  1. The introduction to working with Hazardous Chemical Substances, or HCS
  2. Understanding hazards and risk assessment techniques
  3. The implementation of a well, detailed, formulated monitoring program which includes Medical Health Monitoring, and training along with assessment of Hazardous Chemical Substances
  4. Demarcating the manufacturing, storage, and handling areas for Hazardous Chemical Substances
  5. Knowledge on the selection and proper use of specialised chemical personal protective equipment which is provided to the employee which is handling, and exposed to, Hazardous Chemical Substances
  6. Perform advanced control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit, and
  7. Understand and implement decontamination procedures with basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behaviour.

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The candidate attending the course will be assessed against the outcomes of each element through the completion of a subscribed knowledge assessment. The assessment will cover the essential embedded knowledge as stipulated in the course and will ensure that the candidate can apply the learning to a working situation.

Conditions of enrolment and certification

To gain access to this training program, it is mandatory that the employer subscribe to the SafetyWallet membership subscription so that the learner can enrol to any of the Health and Safety e-Learning training programmes. Attending candidates must obtain a pass mark of at least 75% or higher is necessary in each Modular Assessment. Should these conditions have been met, the candidate will receive an accredited Certificate of Completion.

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