Chemical Risk Assessment

Regulation 4 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001, S.I. No.619 of 2001 requires the determination and assessment of the risk of hazardous chemical agents. This one-day course will be of interest to personnel who are responsible for carrying out risk assessments on chemicals.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • The key role of risk assessment in a health and safety management programme
  • The risk assessment process
  • Information on hazardous materials for risk assessments e.g.:
  • Hazardous properties
  • Supplier information
  • Duration of exposure
  • Circumstances of work
  • Occupational exposure
  • Preventive measures
  • Maintenance and Accidental Release
  • Finding information in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and other documentation for completing risk assessments
  • Impact of chemicals on health
  • Health and Safety legislation
  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005
  • General Application Regulations, 2007
  • Chemical Agents Regulations, 2001 and 2018 Code of Practice
  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations 2001
  • REACH Regulation 1907/2006/EC
  • CLP Regulation 1272/2008/EC

An integral part of the course will be a practical risk assessment of hazardous materials, which will be carried out by participants and assessed by the tutor.

Who should participate?

This course is suitable for staff in a company who may be responsible for hazard identification and risk assessment of chemicals and also those involved in chemical handling, storage and disposal.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Gather and evaluate critical information about chemicals and their properties
  • Identify hazards associated with the use of chemicals
  • Identify and analyse the risks associated with the use of chemicals
  • Have a basic understanding of health and safety legislation relating to the use of chemicals
  • Identify appropriate controls to progressively reduce risk to an acceptable level

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses 
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual      
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

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