Approved training courses

Course description

This one-day, modular course teaches chemical hazard awareness coupled with the theory of spill response. There is also the option of adding a practical exercise to test your ability to deal with an incident in your workplace.

You will learn to recognise hazards and understand the information that accompanies chemicals. The course offers a comprehensive view on the properties of chemical substances and how they might behave when spilt. This will help you to fully assess the risks, devise a plan to deal with any spillage and ensure the response team follows a safe way of working.

The structure of the course means we are able to customise the content to include the chemicals found at your premises and to incorporate your organisation's spill procedure.

Course overview

1. Hazard Identification
Learn how to obtain hazard and risk information quickly (e.g. from Hazchem placards and labels) and how to turn a safety data sheet (SDS) into an emergency document.

2. Properties and behaviour
Know how chemicals may behave in different circumstances when released from their containers.

3. Chemical effects and first aid
The ways in which you can be exposed to substances, the effects they may have on you and some simple steps to take if you come into contact with them.

4. Assessing the situation
Consider how far an incident may have progressed and what might happen next.

5. The theory of response
Learn how to plan a response instead of rushing in. A tool to guide you from start to finish with response options and incident site management arrangements, and debriefing before leaving the scene.

Who should attend?

The Chemical Spill Response course is aimed at anyone working with hazardous chemicals who may find themselves face-to-face with a chemical spill in the workplace. Past delegates include couriers, waste clean-up contractors, laboratory workers and safety personnel.


None, although delegates from a chemical background may find this course easier than those without.

Additional info

Lunch included

Teaching method



Any in UK and Europe


1 day


On request from training provider

Training provider

National Chemical Emergency Centre



01235 753 479

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