Defensive Truck Driving Course

by on January 6, 2015 | Posted in Safety

Course objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with practical defensive driving principles. It also aims at introducing to participants basic chemical safety techniques and how to reduce the risk involved in transporting hazardous chemical products. This, in turn, will reduce truck accidents and improve safety status and profitability of the company.


Who should attend: Truck drivers who pick-up/deliver hazardous chemicals.


Course material: Participants will follow powerpoint presentations, watch DVDs, listen to real-life case studies and participate in workshops. All material will be put in a simple language to suit the education level of truck drivers. A simple handbook called “Defensive Truck Driving Handbook” (which will include a summary of all material presented in the course) will be distributed to all participants for their future referral.


Course duration: Recommended course duration is 12 hours distributed over two days.


Course Outline


  1. General Safety
    • Introduction to safety
    • Hazardous materials
    • Safety competition!


  1. Chemical Safety

2.1 Chemical substances terminology

2.2 How to deal with hazardous materials

2.3 Material safety data sheet

2.4 Safety signs

2.5 Precautions


  1. Traffic Safety in Arabic Countries
    • 1 Safety regulations
      • 2 Traffic accident statistics


  1. Safe Truck Driving

4.1 Seat belts

4.2 Minimizing distractions

4.3 Tire safety

4.4 Truck safety

4.5 Red light passing

4.6 Speeding

4.7 Blind spot

4.8 Dealing with aggressive driving and road anger

4.9 Maneuvers


  1. Traffic Regulations

5.1 Traffic laws

5.2 Traffic signs


  1. Loading Instructions

6.3 Preventing spills

6.4 How to deal with spills


  1. Dealing with Emergencies

7.1 Emergencies on the road

7.2 Dealing with emergencies


Relevant DVDs that can be shown in the course:

  1. Hazardous material management (Channel 1, Australia)
  2. Fire safety and how to deal with fires (Channel 1, Australia)
  3. Traffic safety campaigns (WHO & other sources)
  4. General traffic safety principles (Vagverget, Sweden)
  5. Crash experiments (Vagverget & Volvo, Sweden)
  6. Chemical spills, leak, and cleanup
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Course Objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with the principles of occupational health and safety. Ultimately, this course aims at acquainting participants with practical techniques that will help them recognize hazards in the workplace in order to improve reliability and risk and accidents.


Who should attend: Junior managers, engineers, supervisors, technicians and skilled control and maintenance specialists. All attendees should have a technical background and/or technical experience and a fair to good command of English.




Lesson 1. Basic Concepts of Safety                                                    

  • Introduction
  • The concept of safety
  • The concept of hazard
  • Definitions and common terms


Lesson 2. Risk Management                                                                    

    • Hazard identification
    • Risk assessment
    • Risk control
    • Risk monitoring


Lesson 3.Human Reliability                                                                              


Lesson 4: Safety Analysis Techniques                                                

3.1 Job Safety Analysis

3.1 Failure Mode and Effects Analysis


Lesson 5. Industrial Pollution                                                                            

5-1 Air contamination

5-2 Noise

5-3 Radiation


Lesson 6. Manual Handling                                               

6-1 What is manual handling?

6-2 Relevant biological information

6-3 Issues to be considered in manual handling


Lesson 7. Mechanical Safety                                                                    

7-1 Machine guarding

7-2 Welding


Lesson 8. Electrical Safety                                                                        


Lesson 9. Chemical Safety                                                                        

    • Definitions and concepts
    • Hazardous substances management and storage
    • Material safety data sheet


Lesson 10. Fire Safety and Emergency Planning                              

    • Terms related to fire hazards
    • How fires start
    • Fire classes
    • How to prevent fires
    • How to extinguish small fires
    • How to evacuate a burning building
    • What to do if someone catches on fire
    • Emergency response planning
    • Documentary


Lesson 11. Personal Protective Equipment                                         

    • Hearing protection
    • Eye and face protection
    • Head protection
    • Respiratory protection
    • Hand protection
    • Foot protection
    • Body protection
    • Selection guidelines


Lesson 12. Road Safety                                                                              



Lesson 13. Safety Culture          


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Course Objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with principles and techniques of safety of laboratories. The course will help them in recognizing hazards in laboratories and improve reliability and reduce risk.



Who should attend: All people working in laboratories. All attendees should have a technical background and/or technical experience and a fair to good command of English.



Course Outline
  1. The Culture of Laboratory Safety

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The New Culture of Laboratory Safety

    1.3 Responsibility and Accountability for Laboratory Safety

    1.4 The Safety Culture in Industry

    1.5 Factors That Are Changing the Culture of Safety

  1. Prudent Planning of Experiments

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Levels of Formality in Experiment Planning

    2.3 Individual Responsibilities for Planning Experiments

    2.4 Institutional Policies and Emergency Response Planning

    2.5 Steps for Planning an Experiment

  1. Evaluating Hazards and Assessing Risks in the Laboratory

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Sources of Information

    3.3 Toxic Effects of Laboratory Chemicals

    3.4 Flammable, Reactive, and Explosive Hazards

    3.5 Physical Hazards

4 Management of Chemicals

    4.1 Source Reduction

    4.2 Acquisition of Chemicals

    4.3 Inventory and Tracking of Chemicals

    4.4 Storage of Chemicals in Stockrooms and Laboratories

    4.5 Recycling Of Chemicals, Containers, And Packaging

  1. Working with Chemicals

     5.1 Introduction

     5.2 General Procedures for Working with Hazardous Chemicals

  1. Laboratory Equipment

     6.1 Introduction

     6.2 Working with Water-Cooled Equipment

     6.3 Working with Electrically Powered Laboratory Equipment

     6.4 Vacuum Pumps 

     6.5 Refrigerators and Freezers

     6.6 Stirring and Mixing Devices

     6.7 Heating Devices

6.8 Ovens

6.9 Hot Plates

6.10 Heating Mantles

6.11 Oil, Salt, and Sand Baths

6.12 Hot Air Baths and Tube Furnaces

6.13 Heat Guns

6.14 Microwave Ovens

6.15 Centrifuges

6.16 Electrical Instruments

6.17 Rotating Equipment and Moving Parts

6.18 Cutting and Puncturing Tools

6.19 Pressure Vessels

  1. 20 Cold Traps and Cold Baths

6.21 Vacuum Work and Apparatus

6.22 Glass Vessels

6.23 Dewar Flasks

6.24 Desiccators

6.25 Rotary Evaporators

  1. Hazards

     7.1 Noise Extremes

     7.2 Cuts, Slips, Trips, and Falls

     7.3 Ergonomics and Lifting

  1. Safety and Emergency Equipment

8.1 General

8.2 Spill Control Kits and Cleanup

8.3 Safety Shields

8.4 Fire & Safety Equipment

  1. Emergency Procedures
  2. Disposal of Waste

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Disposal Options

  1. Laboratory Facilities

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Laboratory Inspection Programs

11.3 Laboratory Ventilation

11.4 Room Pressure Control Systems

  1. Special Systems

12.1 Glove Boxes

12.2 Clean Rooms

12.3 Environmental Rooms and Special Testing Laboratories

12.4 Biological Safety Cabinets and Biosafety Facilities

12.5 Maintenance of Ventilation Systems

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Course Objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with principles and advanced techniques of occupational health and safety in hospitals. Ultimately, this course aims at acquainting participants with principles and advanced techniques that will help them recognizing and analyzing hazards in hospitals in order to improve health and safety of hospital employees and reduce occupational risk.


Who should attend: Department heads, nurses, engineers, technicians, ward clerks and other hospital employees. All attendees should have a technical background and/or technical experience and a fair to good command of English.




  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Risk Management Systems
  • Systematic Approaches to OHS
  • Risk Management (hazard identification, assessment and control
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Controls
  • Reporting
  • Incident Investigation Procedures


  • Electrical Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Manual Handling
  • Noise
  • Screen based equipment
  • Shift work
  • Slip, trips and falls
  • Stress and fatigue

MODULE 3: OHS Issues for Specific Service Areas

  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen, Food Preparation and Service Areas
  • Reception/Office Work


  • Emergencies
  • Types of Emergencies in the Workplace
  • Security in an emergency



  • Who’s Responsible?
  • The Need for Behavioural Changes
  • Safety Culture


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Course Objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with principles of dealing safely with HAZMAT. It introduces techniques that will help participants in identifying and managing HAZMAT in the hospital and reducing the risk involved.


Who should attend: Supervisors, technicians, nurses and storemen who directly deal with HAZMAT. It is recommended that all attendees have at least a fair command of English.


HAZMAT Course Outline

  1. Introduction to HAZMAT
  2. MSDS and Chemical Data
  3. Risk Management
  4. Storage of HAZMAT
  5. Transportation of HAZMAT
  6. Laboratories
  7. HAZOP and Job Safety Analysis
  8. Accident/Incident Investigation
  9. Fire Safety and Emergency Procedures

Safe Work Systems and Safety Culture

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