HSE Manager for Chemical Laboratories and Chemical Stores Department

HSE Manager for Chemical Laboratories and Chemical Stores Department

Course Description

Chemical Laboratories and Chemicals Stores are areas of high Hazard. Reactive chemicals must be stored and handled appropriately to minimize the risk of fire, environmental contamination or injury to workers. This course is designed to appeal to people who are responsible for chemicals whether it is their storage or usage. It provides the necessary background information on what constitutes a chemical hazard and how to minimize the risk of accident. The course also provides information on risk assessment, the safe storage of chemicals, safe usage and chemical management. The best approach to the development of safe working with chemicals is to appoint someone to be responsible for chemical safety. One should note that most HSE officers have a very limited knowledge of chemical hazards and this course will provide the necessary knowledge for them.

Learning Outcomes: 

Successful completion of this course will provide the attendees with:

  • A change in culture to develop a safety first approach to working with chemicals
  • The ability to recognize and quantify chemical hazards
  • Develop safe operating procedures to minimize risk
  • The knowledge of how to devise a risk assessment for a procedure
  • To be prepared for emergencies and have the correct containment protocols
  • The ability to understand and operate within safety legislation framework.
  • Best practice knowledge of Chemical Management, how to address the chemical lifecycle from ordering to correct storage, control of use, separation of waste streams and finally safe disposal.

Course Outline:

The course can be split into modules each of which has an end of module test, followed by comprehensive final exam. The module headings are:

  • Safety Culture: what it is and how to foster it. Legal requirements
  • Emergency response preparation: fire, first aid, spill control.
  • Communicating Chemical Hazards: types of hazard, Hazard labelling, sources of information, MSDS, development of chemical hygiene plans.
  • Detailed information on types of hazard: Toxicity, Biological agents, Carcinogens, Corrosive acids and bases, Flammables, fire and explosions, Gas cylinders, cryogenic materials, unstable materials, high pressure/ vacuum, electrical hazards including high voltage, non- ionizing radiation, ionizing radiation, autocatalytic reactions, pyrophoric chemicals.
  • Risk assessment: how to quantify the risk and make decisions about safety, OEL, assessment of chemical exposure.
  • Risk Mitigation: use of safe operating procedures, PPE, fume hoods and ventilation, radiation safety, lasers, process plant safety. Laboratory design, Air management and ventilation.
  • Chemical management: lifecycle analysis of chemicals from purchase to receiving, storage, use, handling hazardous wastes, chemicals inventories,


The course will require 5 days, including final examination. Classroom/ conference room with projector and work areas/ desks for the attendees.

Targeted Audience:

Any company that works with chemicals should have a Chemical Safety Officer or laboratory Manager/ Lead Technician. All of these people should have excellent understanding of chemical hazards and their mitigation and be able to ensure workers comply with their advice and instructions. The following list of industries will need chemical management Officers:

  • Industry: industrial laboratories, QA/QC and research.
  • Industry: Manufacturing of chemicals.
  • Industry: usage of chemicals.
  • Industry: HSE Officers.
  • Universities, undergraduate teaching labs and post graduate research, HSE Officers.
  • Supervisors of research activities using chemicals.
  • Schools: Chemistry Lab Management, Head of Chemistry.
  • Local Education Authorities: superintendent of chemistry teaching.

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