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Course Description

1-Day (8-hour course)

Target Participants:
Managers, Supervisors, Workers' Representatives, Health and Safety Officers, Occupational Health Personnel (And all those who are engaged in promoting or practicing the safe use of chemicals at work).

Fifty years ago only 1 million tons of chemicals were produced annually. Little was done about the hazards associated with chemicals and chemical processes. Today over 400 million tons of chemicals are produced annually and the rate keeps on growing. Over 1,000 new chemicals are produced each year. It is estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 commercial chemicals are hazardous, of which 150 to 200 are considered likely to cause cancer.

Certain chemical substances can both harm and kill. Chemicals alone in concentration, or when mixed with other chemical substances, can cause injury, disease or death. Their misuse may also result in fires and explosions. It is imperative that everyone who could potentially come into contact with chemicals should know and understand the risks, and the methods available for reducing these risks.

This course will provide participants with practical approaches to problems and solutions concerning safety and health in the use of chemicals at work.

Course Content:
Chemical Safety Overview
Chemical Health Hazards 
Toxic Effects of Hazardous Chemicals 
Fire and Explosion Hazards
Basic Principles of Prevention and Control
Workshop: Hazard Identification and Control

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