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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 Hazardous Substances, coming into contact with them and the effects of exposure
  2. 2 Hazard Symbols
  3. 3 6 Simple Steps
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Hazardous substances have been around as long as mankind itself, ancient Egyptians are shown in this image as part of COSHH  training

Substances that are hazardous to our health have been around for as long as mankind itself and many substances can cause risks to your health and safety if you don't handle them properly. So aside from the obvious things like bleach or acid, you need to be careful of all the substances that COSHH covers. In this section, we cover a variety of hazardous substances, how to handle them and the effects of exposure.

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There’s a system, known as the Globally Harmonized System, that’s been adopted worldwide for each country to base their own legislation on. This system requires manufacturers of all chemicals in every country to provide information about the health risks the substances pose, so regardless of language, we all have the same understanding of the hazards. After completing this section you'll have a solid understanding of all of the COSHH Hazard Symbols.

A diagram showing hazards and risks in an office environement for COSHH training

This section takes a look at the various ways that your organisation can reduce and control the risks to your health and safety; and what you need to do if there’s an accident or emergency - this can be done by following our 6 Simple Steps.

About this course

The HSE state that all employers must provide information, training and instruction to all staff who work with hazardous substances. This also includes cleaning staff and maintenance staff.

It is estimated that hazardous substances account for around 650,000 deaths every year, making it one of the biggest contributors to occupational deaths worldwide. By providing effective COSHH training, employers can help to ensure that everyone in the workplace is competent to carry out their work safely. Our COSHH course identifies hazardous substances, how they can be harmful, everyday storage, COSHH Risk Assessments and what they are used for.

All levels of staff and management should be able to recognise the potential hazards posed by their work, be able to take action to reduce or eliminate the risks and understand the role of personal protection in ensuring good occupational health.

Equip your staff with the knowledge needed to safely store hazardous chemicals and how to respond if they are exposed to hazardous chemicals; as well as giving them a solid understanding of the hazard symbols and the '6 simple steps'.

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The importance of COSHH Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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CoSHH Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This COSHH Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your COSHH Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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Fantastic and grateful

To begin, I already knew exactly what COSHH stood for as I had to learn a little bit about it at college. However, this has been a great reminder talking about everything the COSHH covers to legislation needed to be considered of which I thought there was loads, all 9 chemical hazard symbols including ones that I did not even know including Oxidising and Gas under pressure and what all of these chemical hazards symbols contained which was then followed by the 6 simple steps being extremely important and also referring to the Hierarchy of controls and the order of which they follow from Elimination down to PPE being of course the least important but still very much important in the workplace. This was then followed by the third step of how to monitor the amount of exposure to a hazardous substance to anyone health. All these 6 steps are important, but the storage and disposal of hazardous substance caught my eye.

concise and easy to follow

much information to take in, might be better having a mini test half way through, to retain crucial evidence better

Very easy to follow

Broken down into 21 easy to follow segments

quick and easy

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good course

the course was very well presented and clear on the content given, the course has helped me gain good information and will help me in the future.

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 places duties on employers to protect employees (and anyone else who comes into the workplace) from the hazards of substances used in that work environment. It requires that potential risk must be assessed; any potential exposure controlled; procedures must be put in place to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies; and finally, that information, instruction and training must be supplied for persons who may be exposed to substances hazardous to health.

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Business benefits

Every year, there are over 650,000 deaths and countless cases of illness caused by dangerous chemicals in the workplace.

COSHH was introduced in order to control the level of risk posed by hazardous substances and includes the need for employers to provide information, training, and instruction to all staff on safe working practices. Doing so will help you avoid accidents and keep your staff safe and healthy, reduce your organisation’s impact on the environment, reduce costs (both in terms of lost working days and by avoiding legal costs), increase staff productivity, and improve your public image.

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