Hazardous substances

  • Hazardous substances

Safely handling hazardous substances – but how?

Hazardous substances can be found in all areas of working life. The aim of OSH is to protect insured persons and third parties from the negative effects of hazardous substances. Participants learn about what is classified as a hazardous substance, which hazard classes apply (flammable, toxic, carcinogenic, corrosive, etc) and which chemical or physical properties these substances have.

Seminars in the Hazardous Substances Interactive Facility use demonstration experiments and simulated work situations to examine the problems posed by such substances. The seminar also covers selecting and using the right personal protective equipment, as well as the organisational measures that need to be put in place to deal with hazardous substances. Suitable measurement strategies for conducting risk assessments and measuring hazardous substances are also presented.

Facility resources and features

  • Laboratory workstations and fume hoods, ventilated chemical and supplies cabinets, weighing table and safety equipment such as gas detection sensors and emergency showers
  • A variety of gases such as compressed air, oxygen, carbon dioxide, propane and hydrogen; test gases are also available if required.
  • Equipment for laboratory and workplace measurements, e.g. sampling pumps and gas-measurement devices with immediate display of results
  • Mobile work tables, ensuring a high degree of flexibility for group work, demonstration experiments and simulation of work situations and workstations

Topics covered

  • Basics: physical risks posed by hazardous substances
  • Writing risk assessments
  • Writing user manuals
  • The right way to instruct people
  • Fires and explosions: how they occur and what safety measures are necessary
  • Identifying, assessing and testing substitute substances
  • Determining measurement parameters for assessing hazardous substances
  • Use of suitable personal protective equipment – selecting the right gloves
  • Technical protection measures in an extra laboratory room


Dominik Brandau
Tel.: +49 30 13001-2241