Hazardous Substances


Learn how to work safely around hazardous substances.

Duration Approx. | 45 minutes

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Hazardous Substance Training | Provide learners with knowledge on how to protect themselves from hazardous substances.

Therefore, reducing the risk to staff, promoting a culture of safety.  And fulfilling an important part of the employer’s legal requirement to have adequate controls measures in place.



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Main Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise hazardous substances
  • Be aware of the health risks from hazardous substances
  • How avoid harmful exposure to yourself
  • How to reduce the risk of exposure for colleagues


Substances hazardous to health can be found in nearly all working environments from high risk environments to shops and offices. You don’t have to work in a chemical or manufacturing industry to be exposed to hazardous substances. For example, everyday household cleaning products are frequently used in workplaces.

A hazardous substance is a substance or mixture of substances that are potentially harmful to health.

Hazardous substances can take many forms and include; Chemicals, Products containing chemicals.  For example adhesives, paints, cleaning agents, printer/photocopier toner).  Fumes.  For example, from soldering and welding.  Dusts For example, gain dust.  Vapours, mists and gases; Nanotechnology; Biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms

In short, virtually all workplaces use or contain hazardous substances of some kind. Specific examples of hazardous substances can include;

  • Bleach and other cleaning;
  • Wood, grain and paper dust Glues, adhesives, solvents and paints;
  • Pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
  • Medicines and biological agents.
  • Oils and fuels.
  • Printer/photocopier toner and inks

Ideal For

This course is for all staff who work with any hazardous substances.  Like those mentioned above.  Ideally the substance would be removed.  Managers can find out more about controlling hazard substances in the COSHH course.  If a substance cannot be removed then this course is beneficial for staff.

Some examples of the job roles who most likely require hazardous substances training include:

  • Cleaners – (cleaning materials can cause localised burns and skin complaints)
  • Hairdressers – (a number of hairdressing products can damage their skin)
  • Welders – dangerous fumes from welding can damage their lungs
  • Painters – some paints can cause skin and lung damage
  • Bakery workers – flour and bakery dust can cause irritation of eyes and nose, skin problems and asthma
  • Garage workers – paints, solvents, oils and grease, and exposure to exhaust fumes can all damage their health
  • Healthcare staff – exposure to biological agents can cause infection.


On successful completion of this Hazardous Substances course candidates receive an echo3education completion certificate, available as a PDF for immediate download.  This requires achievement of the required pass mark during the final assessment.




  • Accelerated learning – 45 minutes –
  • Complies with UK legislation
  • Engaging content
  • Instant digital certificate on successful completion
  • 12 months unlimited access to content
  • Complementary training record back-up from echo3education

Applicable legislation

In The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), they are those substances classified as toxic, very toxic, corrosive, harmful or irritant. Biological agents and dusts in substantial concentrations are also classified as hazardous substances.

They include all substances allocated a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) in EH40, substantial quantities of dust and certain biological agents connected with work.

As well as a common law duty of care on employers to protect employees and members of the public, General Health and Safety Legislation covers all employers and workplaces.

In addition, there are specific regulations relating to Hazardous Substances:

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 These regulations apply to activities involving the use of Hazardous Substances.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004 came into effect on the 6th April 2005, updating the 2002 regulations.  Amendments give further direction on good practice to help employers meet their duties under COSHH legislation

For further information please follow the links below.

COSHH Basics (external link): http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/basics.htm

COSHH and Nanomaterial (external link): http://www.hse.gov.uk/nanotechnology/coshh.htm 


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