NCEC (National Chemical Emergency Centre)

Chemical Spill Response Training

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NCEC has a long track record in providing advice and guidance following chemical spills. We have used this experience to design a modular structured course that teaches the theory of spill response with the option of a practical element in your workplace. The modular design of the course allows for easy customisation to fit your exact needs.

Chemical Spill Response is a course designed to provide you or your staff with sufficient knowledge of the theory of spill response to enable you to plan for and respond to incidents in your own organisation, such as a spillage in a laboratory, warehouse, or even a bulk tanker roll-over.

We will provide you with the ability to recognise hazards and understand the information that accompanies chemicals. It offers a comprehensive view on the properties of chemical substances and how they might behave when spilled. This enables you to fully assess the risks and ensure the responders follow a safe way of working.

The style of presentation means we can adapt the content to incorporate your organisation's own spill procedure.

A one-day training course that is ideal for those who are considering setting up, or already have, a spill response team in their workplace.

The core presentation comprises:

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.

Assessing the Situation

How far an incident may have progressed and whether or not there is any immediate danger to life or health

The Theory of Response

Planning the response from start to finish with response options and incident site management arrangements, with information about PPE and practical tips, including the decontamination and debriefing before leaving the scene.

Practical Response

In addition, practical sessions can be added after the classroom work*. We will work with you to consider the type of spill scenario you wish to cover, then provide a guided practical session for teams to 'have a go' in a realistic, yet safe environment.

The benefits of including a practical session include:

  • the opportunity to practise your procedure in your own workplace
  • practical, hands-on experience of the use of protective clothing and spill kits
  • demonstration of how quickly incidents can escalate
  • a realistic understanding of the problems that face response teams

Who should attend

Anyone involved in effecting a response to a chemical spill in your organisation. Past attendees include couriers, waste clean-up contractors, laboratory workers and safety personnel.

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