A Training Program on Hazardous Materials for Non-Scientists
It is imperative to educate and to train personnel at all levels in the organization on hazardous materials. Special concern is raised when the person to be trained has minimum education and experience in the basic physical and chemical sciences. These persons are indirectly involved in the use of chemicals through housekeeping, glassware cleaning, receiving and distributions, maintenance, building services, and intrasite transportation, of hazardous materials.
The two obstacles to overcome in the training are the trainee’s perception of hazard and risk, and the trainer’s anxiety to implement company policy, as well as meet regulatory compliance.
To create a frame of reference for non-scientific persons to use in assessing hazard and risk
To establish a baseline for the training group members with respect to their perception of hazard and risk
To inform personnel on potential hazards, internal policies, procedures, programs, and available resources
Training time in one and a half to two hours. It requires active participation by the trainees. The training aides are household products that contain chemicals and texts on toxicology and hazardous materials.
Structured participation by the class
Discussion and preparation of a hazards sign and label
Slides on policies, programs, and regulations
Questions, answers, and open discussion on the work environment, home, or other topics of interest
This program is being used to make personnel aware of their work environment. It can be expanded to meet public education needs for the recent Right-to-Know legislation.
Key WordsEducation/Training Hazardous Materials Training Toxic Materials Hazards Education Chemical Safety Right-to-Know Public Education Hazards Training Non-Scientist
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