Major industrial accidents and their prevention

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Major industrial accidents and their prevention

El curso está disponible en English
Presentación del curso

This course is an online adaptation of the ILO training package on the Major Industrial Accidents and their Prevention. It promotes the ILO International Labour Standards and other instruments for the Prevention of Major Industrial Accidents as well as other selected good practices at the national and at the workplace level. This course was developed within the framework of the ILO project "Implementation of the GHS, preventing chemical accidents, and strengthening occupational safety and health”, financed by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany.

¿Quiénes participan en este curso?

All those interested in the prevention of major industrial accidents such as policy-makers, managers of enforcement agencies on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and environmental protection, OSH and environmental inspectors, workers and their representatives, employers and their representatives, safety and health practitioners, members of NGOs interested in health and environmental protection, consultants and trainers of public or private entities interested in the subject.

What will I learn?

This course will provide you with the knowledge and the understanding on the sound management of chemicals at the national and at the workplace level in order to prevent major industrial accidents.

What will I be able to do?

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to have the capacity to:

  • Describe the types of chemicals than can cause Major Industrial Accidents (MIA) as well as their impacts on the workers' health.
  • Explain the meaning of the Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accidents (Natech), some selected Natech examples and how the Natech risks could be managed.
  • Identify the key ILO policy level actions related with MIA and chemical safety,  as well as the main international treaties and frameworks related to the prevention of MIA.
  • Explain the main roles and responsibilities of governments, employers and workers, and the role of the social dialogue in promoting chemical safety.
  • Describe the components of a major hazard control system at the workplace level and the main emergency responses, as well as the preventive and protective actions for the MIA management at the workplace level.

Before starting this course, you will be asked to take a test with series of questions related to the course to find out your level of knowledge on the subject. 

This is a course with 4 self-guided modules with an expected duration of 6 hours in total.

  • Module 1 | Chemicals and major industrial accidents
  • Module 2 | The Impacts of MIA with a focus on Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accident
  • Module 3 | Policy level actions for preventing major industrial accidents
  • Module 4 | Workplace management of chemicals for preventing major industrial accidents

At the end of the careful reading of the 4 modules, you must take the Final Knowledge Assessment Test to assess your knowledge and understanding. If you pass this test, you will obtain a Digital Certificate of the course.


Visit our how-to page for more details on the Digital Credentials.

When you self-register in the course it is very important that you put your correct name accurately, since the system will use this name provided when releasing the Digital Credentials of the course.

Why should I join this course?

This course offers an introduction on how to undertake a sound management of chemicals at the national and at the workplace level in order to prevent major industrial accidents. If you're interested, join.

Want to join?

This free course is available on eCampus, the ITCILO's online learning platform.

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