Chemical Handling, Use and Storage Rules Course - Australia

Chemical Handling, Use and Storage Rules

This short course provides users with a basic knowledge of chemical safety and a better understanding of how to handle, use and store hazardous chemicals. Designed for lab technicians or those entering the chemical industry, this course is an introduction to chemical compliance in Australia*.

For the international version, click here.


Completed entirely online
Two short sessions (2–3 hours each)
Interactive eLearning and self assessment quizzes
Immediate access to all course content and reading material
No set classes, self-paced, and the eLearning will save your position when you leave
Three months to complete
Access to learner guides and additional industry resources
Multiple choice quiz to measure assessment
Certificate upon completion

This course covers the following topics of discussion

  • Work Health and Safety Laws
  • Overview of the chemical industry
  • Roles and responsibilities of people in the workplace
  • Hazard identification using GHS
  • Overview of the risk management process, including exposure risks
  • Management of registers and placarding requirements
  • Chemical functions in the workplace
  • Instructions regarding transport, handling and storage
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
This non-accredited course can be completed over two short sessions of 2–3 hours each. Upon enrolment, students are provided with three months in which to complete the course. The course is available through our online Learning Management System and is involves a mix of eLearning presentations, learner guides and short quizzes. It is self-paced, allowing the students to work according to their schedules and abilities—as long as it's completed within three months. Upon completion of the course, students will be issued with a certificate of completion as recognition of this achievement.
If you are just starting a role in the chemical industry, or if you want to refresh your knowledge of the safety standards required at the workplace, this course is for you. It is perfect for lab technicians, graduates, material scientists, and anyone else who handles hazardous chemicals and would like to know more about the safety requirements.

*For our international clients, we have an equivalent global version coming soon
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$165AUD GST inc

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Course curriculum

Part 1

Background in Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws

Discuss the model WHS laws and common legislative tools such as Acts, Regulations and Standards. Compare OHS states to WHS states and territories.

The Chemical Industry in Australia

Overview of the chemical industry globally and in Australia, whilst reviewing the four major chemical regulatory schemes: Industry, Agriculture/Veterinary, Pharmaceuticals and Food.

Roles and Responsibilities of People in the Workplace

Duty holders under WHS/OHS law in relation to hazardous chemicals, including duty of care and due diligence.

Safety Procedures Involved in Chemical Handling and Use

Explain hazard and risk and the purpose and structure of a Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) within the context of workplace health and safety.

Hazard identification through the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

Explain hazard identification and introduce health hazards and toxicity. Discuss the GHS and how hazard communication can assist in recognising chemical hazards as well as using the HCIS database.

The Risk Management Process

Review the risk management process and the use of a risk matrix to assist in a risk assessment. Also discuss the hierarchy of control and how to apply it.

Record Keeping and Management of Registers

Review workplace registers including a hazardous chemical register, Manifest, Dangerous Goods and hazardous substance register, and incident register.

Part 2

Common Information Sources for Health and Safety in the Workplace Including Placards

Review definition of policy, processes, and procedures as well as Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and emergency plans. Learn about placarding requirements for hazardous chemical storage in the workplace.

Chemical Risks regarding Exposure and Accidents

Explanation of exposure standards, including possible routes of exposure. Discuss spills and emergency procedures.

Chemical Functions in the Workplace

Overview of different chemical identifiers and nomenclature as well as discussion of common chemical types in the workplace, including corrosives, flammables, and solvents.

Hazardous Chemical Labels

Overview of GHS labelling requirements for hazardous chemicals and labelling of pesticides.

Instructions for Transport, Handling and Storage of Chemicals

Explanation of Dangerous Goods and safe storage of chemicals with review of incompatibilities.

Instructions for Use, Maintenance and Storage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Review of common PPE and information on maintenance and storage.