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Chemical Safety at Work

Duration 4 hours
Price $295.00 ex GST per person
Unit Standard 31292



Between 600–900 New Zealanders are estimated to die from work-related illness every year, many from chronic illness arising from the unnecessary exposure to hazardous chemicals. This course is designed to train workers to identify the health and safety risks of the chemicals at work and correctly apply controls designed to minimise their exposure to these risks. The course ensures PCBU meet the requirements of Regulation 4.5 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

Course Objectives

After the successful completion of this course learners will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Their obligations under the current legislation
  • The health and safety risks associated with their workplace chemicals
  • The controls required to reduce the risk of exposure
  • The safe use of equipment, including PPE, to reduce their risk of exposure
  • Their actions during chemical emergencies at work
  • An emergency involving Hazardous Substances in the workplace.

Course Outline

Learners will be introduced to their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Hazardous Substances Regulations; trained to identify the hazardous substances on their workplace and interpret workplace SDS or equivalent documentation; and check and implement the controls to minimise their risks of exposure. Learners will drill actions to take during chemical emergencies according to their workplace procedures.

Who Should Attend

Section 4.5 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 require all workers at risk of exposure to Hazardous Substances at work to attend this training.

Special Note

This course may not be sufficient to meet the evidence requirements of a ‘Competent Person’ as specified under regulation 19.1 of the Regulations 2017. People intending to handle 'tracked substances' or manage chemical stores should complete our Chemical Handling and Storage course.

NOTE: This can be delivered ONLINE. Please see Chemical Safety at Work ONLINE. 

Attendance Numbers

Minimum: 8

Maximum: 10

Unit standards

Demonstrate knowledge of workplace procedures relating to hazardous substances

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