NCEC (National Chemical Emergency Centre)

Chemical Hazard Awareness Training

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This training has been developed by chemists and chemical industry personnel; it offers a comprehensive understanding of the hazards and risks associated with chemical substances and can be used either as an introduction to the topic or as a refresher for those who may have some familiarity.

To understand more about the chemical substances you work with, taught in language you can relate to:

  • Hazards, properties, effects and behaviour
  • How to interpret and use the information sources available (e.g. safety data sheets)?
  • How to minimise the risks from these chemical substances

Basic chemistry for non-chemists

A simple overview of chemistry, building up an idea of types of chemicals, looking at the naming of chemicals and a few simple reactions.

Hazard Identification

The ability to recognise information that you have, for example placards, labels or Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and how to interpret this data.

Properties and Behaviour

How chemicals may behave in different circumstances when released from their containers.

Chemical Effects and First Aid

How you can be exposed to substances, the effects they may have on you and some simple steps to take if you come into contact with them

Personal Protective Equipment

A quick look at types of protective clothing you may have to consider and a reminder that the white laboratory coat is not a universal protector.

Who should attend

Chemical Hazard Awareness is aimed at those people who work in a chemical environment, whether regularly or in an emergency, who would like a better understanding of the chemicals they deal with and how they might affect them during their work or in the event of an accident.

Previous customers for this course have included: hauliers, production plant operators, warehouse staff, Health & Safety officers, logistics managers, facilities managers, industry responders, Environment Agency, Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors, emergency services and Local Authority Emergency Planners.

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