The penalty for not complying with a safe system of handling, storing, transporting chemicals can result in extensive penalties and Work Health and Safety legislation.
However, did you know that you can also be fined extensively if you breach the Environmental Protection Act?
Warringah Golf Club was fined and incurred costs of $600,000 when the manager negligently released pesticide into a drain that led to a waterway that created a major ecological disaster. The manager was convicted and had to do 250 hours community services and personally pay $50,000 towards costs, plus his own personal legal fees.
Chemical burns and injuries can have life threatening consequences that can easily lead to industrial manslaughter charges and jail time if your business does not implement adequate systems and training.
In March 2022, a worker was seriously injured after being exposed to a toxic gas following a chemical reaction in a pump shed. Initial enquiries indicated the man was using a drum pump to deliver sodium hypochlorite inadvertently into a tank containing sulphuric acid as part of a water treatment process. As a result of the two chemicals reacting, a toxic gas was generated. It escaped through an unsealed opening on the tank into the work area.
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Chemical Online Training Course:
Introduction to Chemical Handling & Spill Management
(For all Employees handling chemicals)
This is the how-to, what to, and why on handling and cleaning up after small spills.
Business owners need this module to train staff members on using/managing/storing chemicals in the safest and most effective manner. This is an annual course to keep chemical safety front of mind.
Chemical Handling and Spill Management for Managers and Group Leaders
You as a manager may not handle the chemicals but you need to know how they SHOULD be handled, stored and transported correctly to ensure team compliance.
Pool Chemical Handling and Spill Management for Managers and Group Leaders
You as a manager may not handle the chemicals but you need to know how they SHOULD be handled, stored and transported correctly to ensure team compliance. This course includes everything from course one however, the Pool Chemical Handling and Spill Management for Managers and Team Leaders has additional requirements and knowledge that a team leader needs to know so that you can ensure everything has been implemented correctly.