Accredited Course in Chemicals Management

Chemwatch Accredited Course in Chemicals Management

Our accredited course in chemicals management covers a variety of topics, including:
  • Chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Chemical labelling
  • Chemical handling and use
  • Safe storage of hazardous chemicals
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Transport requirements
  • Management of chemical risks
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • The basic principles of integrating chemicals management at the workplace


It aims to provide increased knowledge and understanding regarding chemicals management training, to those who are in contact with hazardous substances.


Completed entirely online
Three modules
11 eLearning presentations (fully interactive)
Immediate access to all course content and reading material
No set classes, self-paced, and the eLearning will save your position when you leave
Given six months to complete
Access to learner guides and additional industry resources
Multiple choice quiz to measure assessment
Certificate on completion (statement of attainment)
This course is for anyone who handles chemicals and is required to keep an inventory of their products. This accredited course in chemicals management is applicable to a range of workplaces, such as manufacturing, engineering, chemical research, restoration/preservation and education (laboratories) and any other industry where hazardous chemicals are handled.

Who is it for?

What is it for?

This course in chemicals management provides individuals and organisations the proper training to take full control of their chemicals management processes.
This course is run online, through the Chemwatch Learning Management System (LMS).

How is it run?

Benefits from doing the course?

Students are recognised as completing a nationally accredited training course in chemicals management. They will have a greater knowledge of the chemicals management process and the training to competently complete hazard and risk assessments for their organisations.

They will have an understanding of the risks associated with chemicals and have the ability to determine control measures in the workplace to protect staff.


"The course, in terms of its scope and breadth is extremely comprehensive. It would be excellent for a younger person entering any commercial enterprise where (daily) interaction with medium to bulk quantities of chemicals are used..."

- A. Loughhead, SA
"It is super helpful and all the information and the materials are well organized"

- J Murayama, QLD
This course consists of four units of competency, contextualised within the chemicals management framework. Once all of the units have been completed, a Statement of Attainment will be issued. Learners have six months to complete the course from their enrolment date.

The units of competency are as follows:
BSBWHS431 – Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace
BSBWHS531 – Implement and evaluate system of work for managing hazardous chemicals
BSBWHS308 – Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
NAT10895001 – Manage hazardous chemical waste within a workplace

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10895NAT – Course in Chemicals Management

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This is a nationally recognised and accredited course. The 10895NAT Course in Chemicals Management comprises of four units, which upon completion, you will receive a Statement of Attainment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is chemicals management?

Chemicals management is a systematic approach that aims to reduce the risk associated with chemical hazards, throughout the chemical life cycle.

The Accredited Course in Chemicals Management is based around a holistic approach to chemicals management. It follows a step-by-step approach—from the initial identification of hazardous chemicals, through to control and management of waste.

This holistic approach is supported by the process known as the Chemicals Management Cycle of Change. The activities in each stage involve:

  • Understanding the situation
  • Identifying hazards/risks
  • Collecting data
  • Analysing causes
  • Developing and implementing measures
  • Evaluating and integrating change management into the organisation’s structure of business operations

What is the chemicals management course about?

This course provides learners who regularly work with and are in contact of hazardous substances, an increased knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  • Chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Chemical labelling
  • Chemical handling and use
  • Safe storage of hazardous chemicals
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Transport requirements
  • Management of chemical risks
  • Hazardous waste
  • Basic principles of integrating chemicals management at the workplace

Employees will learn and understand chemicals management change readiness, basic steps in building a chemicals management process, the purpose and importance of the manifest requirements, analysis of causes and gaps in managing chemicals, and hazard and risk assessment criteria.

How many units of competency are covered in this course?

To complete Chemwatch’s Accredited Course in Chemicals Management, the learner must complete four core units. A Statement of Attainment will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

The units of competency are:

  • BSBWHS431: Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • BSBWHS531: Implement and evaluate system of work for managing hazardous chemicals
  • BSBWHS308: Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • NAT10895001: Manage hazardous chemical waste within a workplace

What is the time frame for learners to complete the course?

Six months. The course is self-paced and online so it is entirely up to the student to manage their own time to ensure they finish the course content and assessments before the end of the six months. The amount of time taken to complete this course will depend on the learners’ previous experience and skill level.

What are the benefits from doing the course?

By completing this course, you will be recognised as being competent in the skills and knowledge associated with chemicals management. There is no other accredited listed course in chemicals management.

How is the course delivered?

The course is available through our online learning management system. It is self-paced, and covers three modules:

  • Chemicals management processes and assessment of risks
  • Managing chemical risks and control measures
  • Management of hazardous chemical waste

Is the student required to complete assessments?

In order to receive competency and certification, a learner must complete the modules and corresponding assignments (assessments). Successful completion of this course will require learners to engage in unsupervised activities including:

  • Completing written assignments
  • Completing self-study to revise and reinforce areas of knowledge
  • Workplace practice/application of skills and knowledge acquired through role plays and workplace simulations
  • Conducting research to gain up-to-date industry information
  • Reviewing organisational policies and procedures

Is the Course in Chemicals Management applicable for Australians only?

The course is accredited in Australia, however anyone in the world can do the course through our online learning management system. Much of the content is applicable globally but students will have to consult their own regulator for specifics on local regulations. Due to the myriad of different regulations, this course does not advise on specific regulations.

Is the Course in Chemicals Management accredited in Australia?

Yes. The Accredited Course in Chemicals Management is nationally recognised in Australia. The course is accredited and once completed and the learner is deemed to be competent, a certificate (Statement of Attainment) will be issued.

Is a certificate issued upon completion of the Course in Chemicals Management?

Yes. A Statement of Attainment is issued to the learner who has completed and submitted all the assignments relevant to the course and has been deemed competent. The competent learner will be notified upon successful completion of the course. Learners will receive their certificate by email.

Does the course assist individuals in learning about chemical and compliance requirements?

Yes. This course can assist learners in learning about compliance related requirements as per the WHS regulations, however the course does not cover all WHS regulations. It is the responsibility of the learner to build more knowledge by reading the respective laws on what is relevant to their work/business. The course is accredited in Australia and uses GHS classification as the main source for hazard identification. However, the principles behind chemicals management training can be applied globally, such as inventory creation and risk management. The risk control approaches are also applied globally, i.e., Control Banding.

Which country is the chemicals management course accredited to?

The course is Accredited by the Australian Government. Such accreditations are recognised by other governments around the world (as are university degrees, for example).

When does the chemicals management course start?

This course starts as soon as your enrolment in the course is confirmed. The course in chemicals management is entirely online and self-paced. The course information will be sent via email, which will also contain details on how to login to the learning management system and access to the course. It’s up to you with how you manage your time, and the course will retain your position if you stop at any time. Chemwatch provides 6 months to complete all course content and assignments.

How do I pay for the course as a learner?

Individual applicants can pay for the course through credit card or Paypal through the enrolment site. This is our preferred method of payment. However, in circumstances where this payment method is unsuitable, we can provide an invoice. The course payment form is available online from the Chemwatch Enrolment Course Page.

How do I pay for the course if there is a group of learners?

If you need a quote, please email, with information detailing the number of enrolments you would like to purchase.

Do I need to be a Chemwatch client to complete this course?

Not at all. This course is designed so that anybody can complete this course regardless of their chemical management subscription. All resources are provided within the course to help the learner complete the assessments, whether they are a Chemwatch client or not.

What is the degree of difficulty of this course?

The degree of difficulty will depend on the individual student’s experience and skill level, but our intention for this course is for it to be accessible to everyone. If you work with chemicals, many of the concepts explored should be familiar to you, but you are not required to have a degree in chemistry or science to complete this course. The course in chemicals management will guide you through the complete chemicals management lifecycle, providing practical advice, knowledge and training for implementation of these concepts into your organisation.

Course curriculum

MODULE 1 - Chemicals Management Process and Assessment of Risks

Introduction to Chemicals Management

What are the benefits of improving Chemicals Management?
What does Chemicals Management involve?
The Chemicals Management Cycle of Change
Where do we start?

Stage 1: Understand and Review the Situation

Initial steps and actions for the Chemicals Management process
Chemical inventory: a powerful tool
Creating your flow diagram
Identify areas which may need immediate attention (hotspots)
Four steps in identifying and dealing with hotspots
Identify and document all chemical substances stored and in use at the workplace
Build your chemical inventory

Stage 2: Identify and Assess Hazards and Risks

Identify hazardous chemicals
Introduction to GHS and classification
Hazard Communication
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Label information
Chemical registers
Risk management
The control banding approach

MODULE 2 - Managing Chemical Risks and Control Measures

Stage 3: Analyse Problems and Causes

Principles of controlling hazards
The Hierarchy of Control
Collecting data and information onsite
Conduct a walkthrough to identify critical areas
Formulating corrective measures

Stage 4: Develop and Select Measures

Control approaches overview
Control approach 1: general ventilation and good occupational hygiene practices
Control approach 2: local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
Control approach 3: containment
Control approach 4: seek specialist advice
Control approaches for skin contact or absorption
Control approaches for managing risks of fire and explosion
Control approaches for environmental risks
Identifying gaps and possible control measures

Stage 5: Implement Improvement Measures

Basic rules and principles of chemical storage
Storage requirements
Storage precautions and disposal
Compatibility of chemicals

Stage 6: Evaluating and Integrating Chemicals Management

Principles of Chemicals Management integration
Roles and responsibilities
Action points for integrating Chemicals Management
Guiding questions for management

MODULE 3 - Management of Hazardous Chemicals Waste

Introduction to Hazardous Chemicals Waste

Possible sources of chemicals waste
Hazardous waste management indications
Integrated management system

Assess Hazards and Risks in Handling Chemicals Waste

Assess hazards and risks in handling chemical waste
Identifying possible gaps in safe handling of wastes
Identify hazardous and non-hazardous waste
Classifying waste using an official waste list

Planning Chemical Waste Management Measures

Planning waste management measures
Hazardous waste labelling and communication
Onsite storage of hazardous waste
Transportation of waste

Evaluation and Integration into Organisational Structure

Evaluation of waste management measures
Integration of waste management
The life cycle thinking and assessment concept

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