This online COSHH training course provides the knowledge needed to work safely around hazardous substances. 

DURATION | 45 minutes

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Online COSHH Training | COSHH is short for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.  COSHH (2002) regulations require employers to control substances that can be hazardous.  Firstly you must assess the risks.  Known as a risk assessment.  Your risk assessment must be both suitable and sufficient.

This online COSHH course is designed to raise awareness of working safely with, and around, hazardous substances.






Learning Objectives

  • Common Hazardous Substances
  • Identifying Hazardous Substances
  • How to protect yourself
  • Protecting others
  • Undertake a COSHH assessment

COSHH training content

UNIT 1 | Definition of COSHH

We begin by defining common hazardous substances that fall within the scope of COSHH legislation.  Then we detail the legislation.  Specially, employer and employee responsibilities.

UNIT 2 | Hazard Symbols

Secondly, we highlight how you can identify hazardous substances.  E.g Understanding labels. E.g. Material Safety Data Sheets.

UNIT 3 | Protection and Prevention

Thirdly, we highlight considerations when working with hazardous substances.  Such as, health effects and route of exposure.  E.g. Inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion.

UNIT 4 | Control Measures

Finally, we detail how to conduct a COSHH assessment.  Following this we highlight that it is best to avoid hazardous substances either by removing or replacing them.  Where this is not possible we detail the other control measures that can be implemented.

Ideal for

This course is ideal for all staff working with hazardous substances

COSHH Certificate

On successful completion of the online COSHH training course an echo3education completion certificate will be sent.  Successful completion requires achievement of 80% in the final assessment.  The final assessment can be retaken.

Why take this COSHH Training?

Every year, thousands of workers are made ill by hazardous substances, contracting lung disease such as asthma, cancer and skin disease such as dermatitis.  You are probably aware of hazardous substances that are used in your workplace.   Or are created as a consequence of work activities for example welding fumes or quarry dust.

COSHH Regulations require employers to assess the risk to their employees, and to prevent or adequately control those risks.  As part of a range of measures to prevent risks this online COSHH course provides staff with the knowledge needed to recognise hazards and behave appropriately to keep themselves and colleagues safe.


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  • Study anywhere with an internet connection
  • Complies with regulations
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  • Access on phones, tablets and desktop
  • Carbon net-zero product

Further Information

What are Hazardous Substances?

Any substance that can harm humans.  Hazards substances can take many forms; Such as chemicals,fumes, dusts, vapours, mists, nanotechnology, gases, biological agents and germs.

What is COSHH?

COSHH stands for ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’.  The right controls depend on the risks identified but could include for example; supervision, training, new procedures, specialist ventilation equipment, substituting substances.

Do COSHH regulations cover asbestos? 

No Asbestos has its own regulations.  As do lead and radioactive substances.

Do you need to train contractors?

Yes you must train on site contractors to know what the risks are and how you are controlling them. Employers must also know if contractors are bringing hazardous substances onto your premises and how they will prevent harm to your employees.

What is a COSHH Risk Assessment?  

A risk assessment that focusses on hazardous substances in your workplace.  A COSHH Risk Assessment is a written record identify risks and outlining procedures and also the sensible steps you take to prevent ill health.  Full details here [HSE GUIDE].

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