Hazardous Substances


Learn how to keep safe around hazardous substances.

Duration Approx. | 45 minutes

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The Hazardous Substances course online.  Objective:  Provide candidates knowledge on how to protect themselves from Hazardous substances if exposure is unavoidable.

Thereby reducing risks 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.

Target Audience?

This course is ideal for all staff who work with hazardous substances.

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.

Benefits of echo3education Hazardous Substances training online

  • Accelerated learning – 50 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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Hazardous Substances training online can be exported to external LMS systems or we can fully administer the training by assigning licences for you and supply weekly completion reports via Excel. Email your requirements to info@echo-3.co.uk or Tel: 0131 661 8253 (9am to 5pm).