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What is COSHH?

In various occupations, you may encounter materials hazardous to health almost daily. These materials, essential for tasks such as cleaning, disinfection, and manufacturing, have inherent risks. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations aim to mitigate these risks when working with hazardous substances. Adequate COSHH training and obtaining a COSHH certification ensures understanding and respecting their use.


What is a COSHH Training Course?

A COSHH course is essential if you work with hazardous materials and need insights on handling them securely and managing related incidents. This training encompasses not just direct hazardous substances but also products containing them, like cleaning agents.

Why is COSHH Training important?

COSHH assessment training is vital for those who interact with substances hazardous to health. It’s not just about personal safety; it’s about ensuring workplace safety and complying with the latest HSE regulations. COSHH awareness training helps individuals recognize and respond to these hazards appropriately.


Who is required to have COSHH training?

As an employer, you have a legal obligation to provide COSSH training to all staff working with hazardous substances. Hazardous materials can be found in a wide range of industries, including:

• Social care (such as Nursing and Residential Homes)
• Construction
• Hair salons
• Restaurants
• Retail
• Foundries
• Printing manufacturers
• Agriculture
• Hotels
• Welding and heavy industry

The definition of hazardous substances include:

• Biological agents
• Chemicals
• Dust
• Gases
• Fumes
• Vapours

COSSH training also includes products that contain hazardous chemicals, such as cleaning products and building materials, as well as certain microbiological agents, such as bacteria that cause leptospirosis or legionnaires disease. However COSSH training does not cover lead, asbestos or radioactive materials.


What do you learn on a COSHH Training Course?

Attending a COSHH risk assessment training provides a comprehensive overview of managing hazardous substances. From understanding the latest regulations to identifying and controlling these materials, the course equips participants to work in a safer environment, minimizing risks to personal and public health.

What does a COSHH Training Course cover?

The COSSH Training Course is presented in six modules:

Introduction to COSHH:

  • Definition of a hazardous substance
  • The potential risks of using hazardous substances
  • Examples of hazardous substances in your workplace
  • Usingrisk assessment to controlthe risks from hazardous substances

COSHH Regulations

  • COSHH 2002 and CHIP regulations (Chemicals Hazard and information Packaging) 2005.
  • HSE Guidance Notes
  • Duties of employers and employees under COSHH

Health Problems

  • Explanation of the specific health problems related to specific hazardous substances
  • How hazardous substances can enter the human body.
  • Acute and chronic symptoms from long and short term exposure.

Identifying hazardous substances

  • Identifying hazardous substances in the workplace
  • Understanding COSHH labels and warning symbols
  • Usingsafety data sheets in the workplace
  • Safety data sheets and COSHH risk assessments

Controlling hazardous substances

  • Definition hazards and risks
  • Identifying who is at risk in the workplace
  • Control measures to manage the risk from hazardous substances
  • The hierarchy of control measures –elimination, substitution, minimising risk.
  • Safe systems of work and personal protective equipment

COSHH Assessments

  • The responsibilities of employers and employees in COSHH risk assessments
  • The importance or recording,monitoring and reviewing COSHH risk assessments
  • Health Surveillance.


How Long is a COSHH Training Course?

This COSHH certificate training lasts for three hours, tailored to fit your staff’s convenience and work schedule.


Is there an assessment?

Yes, a written exam concludes the course. Passing this assessment is a prerequisite to obtaining COSHH certification.


Do we receive certificates?

Upon successfully passing the exam, participants receive a COSHH certificate as proof of their training and competence.


How long does a COSHH certificate last?

A COSHH certificate typically lasts for a specified number of years (commonly 3 years, but this can vary). It’s advisable to renew the certification periodically and stay updated with the latest regulations and best practices.


Where are COSHH Training courses held?

While we offer courses at various COSHH training centres across the UK, in-house COSHH assessment training courses are more tailored and convenient, eliminating travel time and expenses.


How much is a COSHH Training course?

We are confident that we can offer you a competitive price for convenient, tailored COSHH training. Talk to our friendly team today on 0808 164 9690 and see how we can help you take better care of your team.

All prices exclude VAT

Upcoming COSHH Training Courses…

Course Name & Location Individual price Group price Duration Date

COSHH Training – Liverpool

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 17/12/2023

COSHH Training – Newcastle upon Tyne

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 18/12/2023

COSHH Training – Leeds

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 19/12/2023

COSHH Training – Birmingham

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 28/12/2023

COSHH Training – Bristol

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 29/12/2023

COSHH Training – London

Individual price: £195
Group price: £395
Duration: 3 Hours Date: 30/12/2023

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What are COSHH regulations?

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. The COSHH regulations are a set of guidelines designed to ensure that individuals are protected from harm when working with or near hazardous substances. They detail the obligations of employers to prevent, control, and monitor exposure to these substances, ensuring that risks are appropriately assessed and managed.

When were the COSHH regulations introduced?

The COSHH regulations were introduced in the UK in 1988. Since then, they have been updated and revised to address evolving understanding and new challenges in the field of occupational health and safety related to hazardous substances.

How many COSHH regulations are there?

The COSHH regulations consist of a main set of guidelines, but the exact number of individual regulations or clauses can vary based on the specific edition or amendment being referred to. It’s essential to consult the most recent version of the COSHH regulations to get an accurate count and understanding of all provisions.

What does not fall under the COSHH regulations?

COSHH regulations primarily focus on hazardous substances. They do not cover lead, asbestos, or radioactive substances as these have their own specific sets of regulations. Furthermore, risks related to the physical properties of substances (e.g., flammability) or substances that are hazardous only because they’re under high pressure are also outside the scope of COSHH.

How to comply with COSHH regulations

To comply with COSHH regulations, employers should:

  • Conduct a COSHH assessment to identify potential hazards.
  • Implement controls to prevent exposure to hazardous substances.
  • Ensure proper use and maintenance of control measures.
  • Monitor the exposure of workers and conduct health surveillance where needed.
  • Inform, instruct, and train employees about the risks and precautions.
  • Have plans in place for emergencies.

What is an example of risk assessment templates for COSHH?

A COSHH risk assessment template typically includes:

  • Substance Details: Name, form, quantity, and supplier.
  • Hazard Identification: Details on the potential harm the substance can cause.
  • Exposure Route: Inhalation, skin contact, ingestion, etc.
  • Persons at Risk: Who might be exposed and how.
  • Existing Control Measures: Safety procedures and equipment in place.
  • Required Control Measures: Additional measures needed.
  • Action By: Assign responsibility for implementing controls.
  • Review Date: When the assessment should be revisited and updated.

Using a structured template like this can help ensure that all relevant aspects of a hazardous substance are considered, and necessary precautions are taken.

What is a COSHH cabinet?

A COSHH cabinet is a specially designed storage unit used for safely storing hazardous substances. These cabinets are constructed to be robust and resistant to the stored chemicals, ensuring that any spills or leaks are contained and reducing the risk of exposure.