The idea behind this course is to give an overview on chemical handling to technical operatives working in University of Malta laboratories. It will cover areas of importance in chemical legislation, occupational health and safety issues, sources of information, chemical handling and waste management. There will also be an element of practical approaches with regards to spill control and incident response. The capacity building and the increased awareness should assist operatives to better approach the lab reagents they handle, thus reducing risks related to exposure to, and handling of, such chemicals. The course has been designed with inputs from local and EU technical people, including the technical team that has carried out the two cleanup campaigns at the University and technical people from the disposal site which will eventually treat the lab reagents.
About the course
Target audience: Members of staff handling chemicals within the laboratory settings
Trainer: Mr Francis Micallef, Specto Limited
Contact Points: Ms Deborah Duca, Operations Executive and Ms Rachel Camilleri, Laboratory Manager
The course content is designed by an academy of competent persons including Specto Ltd, the technical team involved in the Waste Campaign clean-ups and export of lab reagents, a technical expert from one of the disposal sites receiving waste from University, an OHS consultant and an expert in regulatory affairs.
The course will be spread over 16 hours and is split into four modules each consisting of a four-hour session. The course is structured in an interactive way, with a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Attendance to the courses is subject to approval from the Research Support Services Directorate and the Office for Human Resources Management and Development. Participants will be required to attend for all the four modules in order to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate.