This course provides detailed aspects regarding the purchase, transportation, storage and handling of chemicals and in particular hazardous chemicals. Using a mixture of formal presentations and group exercises, the course will enable the delegate to become familiar with the properties of hazardous chemicals, how to control them safely and to obtain the information needed to provide a safe system of work. The problems associated with accidental chemical releases, and the actions to be taken are covered and to provide a complete picture, the problems associated with waste disposal. Procedures for the assessment of the risks during the storage and handling and use are covered so that formal Risk Assessments can be carried out on existing installations and prior to the introduction of a new chemical. This will enable the delegate to define the precautions, which should be taken. Finally, the delegate will be given guidance on the development of procedures to ensure safe operating practices.