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Chemical Handling and Storage


Price (Per Person): $400 + GST
Company Booking: $3750 + GST


Between 600 - 900 New Zealanders are estimated to die from work-related illness every year, many from chronic illness arising from a poor controls on the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals. This course is designed to train people to identify the health and safety risks of the chemicals on a workplace, identify, select and apply the legislated and other controls designed to minimise the exposure of workers to these risks, and ensure the proper reporting. The course addresses the requirements of a ‘Competent Person’ as specified under Regulation 19.1 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. 

Course Objectives

  • classification of workplace chemicals according to their hazardous property thresholds
  • routes of contamination, pollution and/or exposure, the safety risks and health effects of workplace chemicals
  • storage, handling, and disposal controls compliant to the legislation and workplace requirements
  • monitoring of controls managing the risks of workplace chemicals
  • management of workplace chemical emergencies and the reestablishment of controls
  • documentation and reporting requirements under the current legislation.

Who Should Attend

Any person responsible for the management, storage, use, disposal or otherwise handling of hazardous substances on a workplace, especially those substances requiring the maintenance of tracking and/or other application records. This would include store persons, team leaders, supervisors, shift managers, safety offices, purchasing officers and other managers responsible for the PCBU Hazardous Substances controls. All applicants seeking Certification as a Certified Handler must attend this course. It may be  useful for line managers who need awareness to inform the decisions they make and to ask questions regarding hazardous substances.

Course Outline

Trainees will be introduced to the requirements of the HSNO Act 1996 Hazardous Substances Notices, the HSAW Act 2015 Hazardous Substances Regulations and Safe Work Instruments as they apply to the chemicals on their site.

Trainees will be trained to:

  • manage a workplace Hazardous Substances Inventory
  • interpret SDS
  • identify environmental and safety risks and health effects, and select, implement and monitor appropriate controls, including tracking and emergency management controls, to minimise the risks of workplace Hazardous Substances and worker exposure.

Legislative Driver

This course is aligned to Regulation 4.5 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.


All applicants seeking certification as a Certified Handler must attend this course.

1 day
MAX 12

Middle Content

Entry Criteria

Skills and knowledge of workplace procedures relating to hazardous substances, or hold unit standard:
Demonstrate knowledge of workplace procedures relating to hazardous substances.

NZQA Unit Standards

Demonstrate knowledge of the
safe management and potential
adverse effects of hazardous
substances in the workplace.

Demonstrate safe handling,
storage, and disposal of
hazardous substances in the

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