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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 of our COSHH awareness training, 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 (including a COSHH risk assessment); 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 online, employers can help to ensure that everyone in the workplace is competent to carry out their work safely.

Our online COSHH training 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 with suitable control measures against COSHH
  • 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 questions 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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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.

Our COSHH training will help you and your employees gain a deeper understanding of COSHH regulations and the impact that they have on your 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.

Failing to comply with HSE's COSHH guidelines can result in prosecution, fines, and/or imprisonment. Discover our COSHH training courses to protect yourself and your workers today. 

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Business benefits

What are the benefits COSHH training online?

COSHH training online offers several benefits over traditional in-person training sessions, including:


One of the most significant benefits of COSHH training online is its convenience. Online training can be completed at any time and from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection. This means that employees can fit the training into their schedules, reducing the need for time-consuming and costly in-person training sessions.


COSHH training online is typically more cost-effective than traditional in-person training sessions. This is because there are no expenses associated with travel, accommodation, or hiring a trainer. Online training modules can be accessed multiple times, reducing the need for repeated training sessions.


COSHH training online offers flexibility in terms of the pace of learning. Employees can learn at their own pace and take as much time as they need to understand the materials fully. They can also revisit the training modules whenever they need a refresher.

Interactive Learning

Online training modules can include interactive features, such as quizzes and simulations, which can make the learning experience more engaging and effective. These features can help employees to retain the information better and apply it to their work.

Improved Learning Outcomes

Studies have shown that online training can lead to improved learning outcomes compared to traditional in-person training sessions. This is because employees can learn at their own pace and in a comfortable environment, reducing distractions and increasing engagement.

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Frequently asked questions

This online COSHH training course is IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Approved and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited. This means that you are learning quality information from a trusted source that can be used to help meet your organisation's safeguarding requirements. These are also internationally recognised accreditations, making our online COSHH training a great asset for global businesses.
This course takes just 25 minutes to complete and can be completed on any device.
This online COSHH training course is suitable for anyone who uses or comes into contact with hazardous substances while at work. The use of hazardous materials is more common in some roles than others. These include cleaners, maintenance workers, and general support staff, senior management teams who have a responsibility for the health and safety of their organisation, engineers, car technicians, builders, industrial workers, oil and gas workers, local authorities, land makers who carry out groundworks and municipal waste staff.
This training course will provide your employees with all the tools they need to work safely with hazardous substances and remain compliant with COSHH regulations. You will also receive a COSHH training certificate upon successful completion of the course. This can help you to provide evidence of your Health and Safety procedures for auditors and SSIP accreditations, such as SMAS Worksafe, CHAS, ConstructionLine, and SafeContractor.
“Provide information, training and instruction for employees who work with substances hazardous to health. This includes cleaning and maintenance staff.” - The HSE
Hazardous substances are dangerous when not used correctly, in fact, it’s estimated that they account for 650,000 deaths every year worldwide. Training plays a vital part in protecting staff who use hazardous substances. Good training should familiarize them with best practices to minimise risks and make them aware of what their employer should be doing to protect them.
Utilising iHasco's online COSHH training provides a cost-effective solution for businesses to meet their legal requirements. Online courses can be completed in the comfort of your own home or office at any time without supervision from a trainer or tutor, which also helps with convenience and flexibility. Online COSHH courses can also be taken on multiple devices, anywhere in the world, at any time, so long as you have internet access.
Yes, as with any iHasco course, you can try it for free at any time without obligation.