Topic outline

  • Delivery model and assessment

    This 1-day course teaches chemical hazard awareness coupled with the theory of spill response. There is also the option to add a practical exercise to test a learner’s ability to deal with an incident in the workplace.

    Optional practical sessions can be added after the classroom work, but it should be noted that the theory modules will be abridged to allow time for this to take place. Our trainers will work with organisations to consider the type of spill scenario they 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:

    •   Providing the opportunity to practise procedures in a learner’s own workplace.
    •   Gaining hands-on experience of using protective clothing and spill kits.
    •   Demonstrating how quickly incidents can escalate.
    •   Providing a realistic understanding of the problems that face response teams.

    The structure of the course means we are able to customise the content to include the chemicals found at an organisation’s premises and to incorporate its spill procedure.

    Learners will be informally assessed throughout the course and will receive feedback based on their performance.

    • Hazard identification

      Learn how to obtain hazard and risk information quickly (for example, from hazchem placards and labels) and how to turn a safety data sheet (SDS) into an emergency document.

      • Properties and behaviour

        Know how chemicals may behave in different circumstances when released from their containers.

        • Chemical effects and first aid

          The ways in which a responder can be exposed to substances, the effects these may have on them and some simple steps to take if contact is made with such substances.

          • The theory of response

            Learn how to plan a response instead of rushing in. This course will guide learners from start to finish with response options and incident site management arrangements, and debriefing before leaving the scene.