BoK Audio Chapter: 17.4 Process Hazards (Chemicals)

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Chapter 17.4: Process Hazards (Chemicals)

Chemical process hazards(link is external) may be associated with high-consequence outcomes of fire, explosion and/or release of toxic substances. While the management of such hazards is usually the responsibility of those with specialist process safety or chemical expertise, generalist occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals should understand the basic science underpinning the characteristics of such hazards, the mechanisms by which they cause harm, potential consequences(link is external) – fire, explosion and toxic effect – and common controls. As a companion chapter to OHS Body of Knowledge 12.3 Managing Process Safety, and with reference to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification of Labelling of Chemicals, this chapter provides information vital for understanding and applying process safety management strategies. Such knowledge will enable generalist OHS professionals to effectively engage with process safety and chemical safety experts, contribute to better hazard control(link is external) and reduce the risk of catastrophic events.

Keywords: process safety, hazardous substances, chemical, fire, explosion, toxic release, GHS, barrier

First year of publication: 2017
Current Version: 2019

The written chapter can be viewed and downloaded at is external)

Chapter 17.4: Process hazards (Chemical). (n.d.). The OHS Body of Knowledge.  


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Cost: AIHS Members $27.50 (incl. GST) | Non Members $49.50 (incl. GST)
Format: Audio Chapter
CPD Points: 1


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