Effective training programs ensure that all levels of staff, from top-level management to production line employees, understand the potential hazards, risks, and controls associated with chemicals in the workplace. Various levels and types of training are required within an organization, and it is important that the training needs of all members of your organization are understood and met. A basic chemicals management training program should include the following:
- The company’s chemical management policies and procedures
- The types of chemicals used in the facility, as well as their hazardous properties
- An overview of the manners in which workers or the environment may be impacted by the use or disposal of the types chemicals present at the facility
- How to read and use the information contained in Safety Data sheet (SDS)
- Procedures for the safe handling, use, and disposal of hazardous materials
- Any additional requirements under applicable laws and regulations
- Ensure the staff responsible for training employees have the technical knowledge and training skills necessary to deliver effective training.
- Use examples and pictures from your workplace to help employees understand how chemicals are managed in your facility.
- Use practical activities to engage workers and reinforce learning objectives.
- Conduct attendee feedback surveys to obtain information on areas or topics where workers may require additional education or more in-depth explanations.
Downloadable training materials and activities are provided at the end of each section of this Guide, and may be used to support your internal training programs. Quick links to each section’s training materials are provided below for easy reference: