Chemical Safety (WHSO11)

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Who should attend

This online course is designed for staff and students who are working with chemicals within the University environment.  In certain areas, it is mandatory for staff and students to successfully complete this course prior to work/study being carried out within the laboratory.

Course overview

This online module provides staff and students general knowledge in safety and health concepts relevant to chemicals, hazardous properties of materials, disposal and emergency procedures and hazardous substances legislation. Additional specialist courses are also presented for corrosives, flammables and compressed gas and cryogenics.

A competency assessment is compulsory for all participants to complete at the end of the course. 

The training is valid for 5 years, after which the course should be repeated due to updates in legislation.

Key takeaways

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will have an understanding of:

  • Hazards and risks associated with chemical substances
  • Safe storage and handling of chemical substances
  • How to handle a spill or leak of a chemical substance

What the course will cover

Topics addressed will include an understanding of:

  • The University’s Chemical Management Policy and Procedures
  • Chemical risk management, including OHS concepts and principles
  • Hazardous chemicals, including carcinogenic and prohibited substance and chemical pneumonitis
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Standard laboratory practices and equipment
    • developing chemical handling protocols
    • labelling chemical containers
    • laboratory spill management
    • laboratory first aid
    • personal protective equipment
    • storage of chemicals
    • chemical waste disposal

When are the courses held

The Chemical Safety (WHSO11) module is available on Pulse. It is made up of four modules that must all be completed, and can be found under the WHS-Chemical and Radiation Safety heading.

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This course if free to ANU staff/student.


A requirement of the registration process is to discuss and obtain the following from your supervisor:

  • Approval to attend the training program
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