2 x ½ Day Introduction Sessions | 4th & 5th August 2020

5 x ½ Day Advanced Modules | Module 1 – 4 | 11th & 12th & 13th August 2020 | Module 5 – 7 | 18th & 19th August 2020

All sessions are from 09h00 – 13h00


RPMASA offers a range of Training courses for Chemical Awareness, Dangerous Goods Regulations, Transport Modal Training – IMDG & IATA, Chemical Risk Assessment and Response, as well as for Packaging and for the GHS. The GHS is relatively new in the world having only been introduced at UN level in 2003, and into most countries and regions such as the EU Regulations from 2015.

It is now taken into regulations by most regions of the developed world and many of the developing countries. GHS Classification has now be harmonised with transport and in some instances impacting on the Class and packagings that can be used!

South Africa has Regulations pending under the Depts of Labour and Health. . The GHS Introduction Course is aimed at Managers and Supervisors responsible for personnel who work with chemicals and to ensure they understand the product labels and contents of the SDS in order to work safely.

The course helps to demystify the confusion surrounding implementation of the GHS both in South Africa and internationally. It is recommended to give a solid background understanding to representatives from industry and government, particularly management and supervisors from Operations, Factory and Logistics who have OHS Act responsibilities for their people, as well as Technical, SHEQ, Risk, Marketing, HR and Communications.

Training is facilitated by Liz Anderson, who represents RPMASA on the UN Committee of Experts for the transport of Dangerous Goods and the GHS. Liz presents an introduction to the UN GHS + an overview of the local and global regulatory scene, she explains

  • What is its purpose?
  • Is it best practice or a legal requirement?
  • Who and what sectors it impacts on – is it for industry and/or retail?
  • What impact does it have on transport placards and labeling?
  • How does it differ from transport classification and how do I start GHS classification?
  • Global implementation + SA and SADC position

The Advanced GHS Course builds on the Intro course, It is for Technical and SHERQ Personnel who need to understand the criteria and methodology for GHS Classification and are responsible to Classify their products (and waste), produce GHS Compliant SDS, and product labels.

Delegate Comments

Refraline Group of Companies“I found this course to add immense value to our current process of SDS and label update. Liz is not only an expert in this field, but can explain the technical jargon regarding the GHS with simplicity. I left the course with a far better understanding and it has made the process of updating far easier. Liz is always available to help and maintain communication with delegates regarding changes after the courses are complete. I would recommend the courses to all companies required to undergo this process.” – Jacques Krog Group SHEQ Specialist

Engen Oil“Very valuable, world renowned.” – Mac Sewruttan

Clariant Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd“I found “change your formulation” and the cut off table to be very valuable. Course is scientific and logical. Transport is the lead agency clears a lot of disagreement.” – John Morrison

Kapa Biosystems (Pty) Ltd“In August 2015, 11 Scientists from QA, R&D, Process Development and Manufacturing were trained at Kapa Biosystems on classifying components and creating Safety Data sheets and GHS compliant labels. Classification can now be a consideration during design of products as the team is able to perform classification and generate REACH compliant SDSs independently of external suppliers. With an understanding of GHS compliance, Kapa Biosystems can ensure that products are accepted into all export markets without any delays or concerns from regulatory bodies.” – Luan Webber, Quality Assurance Manager


CHEMICAL AWARENESS AND PRACTICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE: for companies who manufacture an Transport chemicals to understand the basic principles of different types of chemicals, physical properties and what happens to them in an emergency, so that Emergency Plans can be put in place to minimize, mitigate and manage Risk.

DANGEROUS GOODS: Packaging and Supply Chain Compliance – aimed at educating companies about the Regulations for choosing appropriate packaging which is compatible with the contents, manufactured to the appropriate UN Specification, tested and certified and marked with the Certificate code issued to confirm legal compliance and prevent losses and potential liability.

IMDG AWARENESS & IMDG REFRESHER – mandatory for shore side personnel involved in shipping since 2010

CTU PACKING: Container Transport Unit Packing, on the revised IMO / ILO / UNECE Code of Practice, compulsory under the IMDG Code

Public Courses are offered in the main regions and In-House Training can be arranged.

NEW – e Learning courses will be scheduled soon for GHS – WATCH THS SPACE!

RPMASA has also partnered with EXIS Technologies from the UK who provide a range of eLearning courses for the IMDG including function specific modules AND Advanced IMDG

RPMASA has now Partnered with Labeline of the UK to bring their eLearning courses to South Africa to help organisations meet the Mandatory IATA Training for packing & despatch of Dangerous Goods by air.

Contact us for in Training options to suit You and Your Organisation.