Hazardous Chemical & Spillage Control

Many companies are concerned about the environmental and health and safety issues arising from the handling, storage and transportation of hazardous chemicals. This is particularly relevant in the context of Clause 7.2 of ISO 14001 and ISO 45001: Competence, which requires the implementing company to ensure that all personnel who handle hazardous chemicals are adequately trained for both normal and emergency conditions. Relatively recent and other legislation to be covered includes the REACH Regulation 1907/2006/EC in December 2006, which established a new regulatory framework for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, replacing many existing pieces of chemical legislation and with implications for any companies who are designated as a downstream user of chemicals. This one day course is designed for personnel who wish to gain an understanding of the properties and safe handling of hazardous chemicals. It will also assist companies to prepare for a hazardous spill and will focus on:
  • Spill preparation
  • Spill response
  • Spill clean-up

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Legislation including the new REACH regulation
  • Introduction to chemicals
  • Health effects and safe working levels
  • Permissible levels of exposure
  • Classification of dangerous substances
  • Material safety data sheets
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • The use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Use of spill kits
  • Use of emergency spillage equipment
  • Actions/precautions to be taken in the course of a spillage response exercise
  • Training in relevant spillage response procedures
  • Investigation/reporting of spills

Who should participate?

  • Environmental and health and safety personnel
  • Personnel involved in emergency response
  • Personnel involved in regulatory affairs
  • Operators involved in hazardous chemicals, movement, storage, etc.
  • Chemical stores personnel
  • Operators involved in hazardous waste disposal and liaison with hazardous waste contractors
  • Laboratory and research and development personnel
  • Members of spillage response team

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme:

  • Have a general understanding of the legislation pertaining to hazardous substances, including the REACH Regulation.
  • Understand the concepts of chemicals, their hazardous properties and characteristics.
  • Interpret warning symbols
  • Interpret material safety data sheets
  • Review the efficiency of the company‚Äôs spill response procedure
  • Develop practical skills in responding to chemical spillages

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.

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.

Finbarr Stapleton


Finbarr Stapleton


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