Best practice in hazardous chemical and spill control

Best practice in hazardous chemical and spill control

on request
1 day
Job Skills and CPD
9am - 5pm

Course description

When a chemical is spilled, someone has to clear it up, possibly the person who spilt it or a trained response team. Whoever it is, they should know about the hazards and risks posed by the substances involved, have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow a proper plan.

This course is designed to provide you with sufficient knowledge about the theory of spill response to enable you to plan for and respond to incidents in your own organisation, be it a spillage in a laboratory or warehouse, or a leak from a punctured IBC.

This one-day, modular course teaches chemical hazard awareness coupled with the theory of spill response. A practical exercise can also be done to test your ability to deal with an incident in your workplace.

The course provides you with the ability to recognise hazards and understand the information that accompanies chemicals as well as a comprehensive view on the properties of chemical substances and how they might behave when spilt. This will help you to fully assess the risks, devise a plan to deal with any spillage and ensure the response team follows safe methods of working.

Course objectives

On completing this course the participant will/be able to:

– Have a general understanding of chemical-related legal requirements,

– Have an understanding of chemicals’ hazardous properties and characteristics,

– Be able to interpret warning symbols and know how chemicals may behave when released from their containers,

– Know how to obtain hazard and risk information quickly,

– Be able to interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and use them to make emergency documents,

– Review the efficiency of the company’s spill response procedure,

– Have practical skills in assessing and responding to chemical spillages.


Course programme

– Legislation including the new CLP and REACH Regulations (optional),

– Chemical characteristics and properties,

– Health and environmental effects,

– Safe Working Levels (SWLs),

– Classification of hazardous chemicals,

– Safety Data Sheets (and how to use them),

– Theory of spill response,

– Preparation for a spill,

– Selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),

– Use of emergency spillage equipment,

– Spill response exercise,

– Investigation/reporting of spills,

– Drafting a spill response plan.

Case studies, discussions and interactive, problem-based individual and group training exercises are used to reinforce delegates’ learning.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone involved with EHS, regulatory affairs and emergency response; chemical stores personnel, transporters, users and waste handlers; laboratory personnel; and members of spillage response teams.

In-House courses

All our courses are available in-house. We can run in-house courses either at your premises or at a location of your choosing. We also customise our courses according your organisation’s requirements. Check out all our in-house courses at the links below.