Hazardous Substance Training

Hazardous Substance Training

With the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substance Regulations) on 1 December 2017 there are upcoming changes to the training requirements for staff on site handling hazardous substances. 

There have been significant changes to the requirements for Approved Handlers, first there has been a name change, Approved Handlers are now Certified Handlers.  Secondly there are no requirements in the HSW-HS regulations for certified handlers for Class 2 – 5 hazardous substances.  Certified Handlers will only be required for Class 6.1A & B substances.  However, the training requirements have been increased for all people working with hazardous substances.  Under the new regulations, training will be required for every person who stores, handles, manufactures or uses hazardous substances. This training can be done in house or through an external provider such as Chemsafety.

The information provided in the training for hazardous substances is required to cover:

  • Any operations in the worker’s work area where hazardous substances are present
  • The location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, and storage of the hazardous substances found in the workplace, including (but not limited to) safety data sheets.
  • The physical, chemical and health hazards of the substance
  • The procedures for the safe [use, handling, manufacture, storage, and disposal as appropriate to the work place] of the hazardous substances
  • The safe use of plant/equipment (including personal protective equipment)
  • The worker’s obligations under these regulations:
  • The actions to take in an emergency involving the hazardous substances
  • Information may cover specific hazardous substances or groups of hazardous substances with the same hazardous properties

Records of the training, including the substances covered will need to be kept by the employer and be available for inspection by Worksafe or a Test Certifier as required.  Training and records will need to be compliant by 1 June 2018. 

Chemsafety have developed a training course for staff handling hazardous substances on site.  The course is tailored to be specific to each client’s substances and processes and is delivered on your site.  The course includes a practical exercise for your staff to undertake on site with the trainer.  Please contact one of our Hazardous Substance’s team to discuss your training requirements further.

You can find out more about the training Chemsafety offers for Chemical Awareness and Certified Trainers here

You can find links to the relevant regulations here:

Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations Part 4 – Regs. 4.5 & 4.6 (Training and Supervision)

Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations – Reg 9. (Information, Training and Instruction)