Training codes for handling of chemicals

Code Training and qualifications
1 Teachers and laboratory technicians with tertiary qualifications in chemistry or a discipline with a major chemical component, e.g. biochemistry, industrial chemistry.
2 Teachers and laboratory technicians with tertiary qualifications in science.
3 Teachers with tertiary qualifications in Technical Studies; appropriately trained and experienced technical staff.
4 Teachers with tertiary qualifications in Art; appropriately trained and experienced staff working in Art.
5 Teaching and support staff approved by the Principal to use a specific chemical for a specific purpose.
6 General staff without training in Chemistry, Science, Technical Studies or Art.
* Same as in NSW Chemical Safety in Schools (1999), if code has a superscript asterisk.

RiskAssess automatically checks that the chemicals chosen for use by a person with a particular training code are appropriate to the training and qualifications of the person. If you do not wish to use this feature of RiskAssess, training codes for staff should be omitted. The chemical can then be included in the risk assessment and warning information about potential hazards and standard handling procedures can be seen in the usual way.

A Principal may assign to a person a particular training code on the basis of qualifications, experience or demonstrated abilities. The Principal should be aware that this imposes a legal responsibility on the Principal. A person who accepts a training code should be aware that this imposes a legal responsibility on the person who accepts the training code. A person should accept a training code only if holding the reasonable belief that he/she is competent to carry out chemical operations at the particular level of competency. A Principal may delegate responsibility for assignment of one or more training codes to another person, but should be aware that this imposes legal responsibilities on both the Principal and the person to whom the responsibility is delegated.

Training codes were originally based on the "DET approved chemical user codes" in NSW Chemical Safety in Schools (1999). RiskAssess has modified these slightly. The chemicals allowed for use by each training code have been updated to reflect current knowledge of the hazardous properties of chemicals.