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COSHH (Hazardous Substances)

COSHH (Hazardous Substances)

COSHH (Hazardous Substances)


About this course

A course designed to provide you with an overview of what hazardous substances are and how you can work safely with them.



On successful completion of the test users can download and print a certificate.

The course is RoSPA approved


The course lasts approximately 45 minutes, although this can depend on the level of existing knowledge.


Users are required to take a final test consisting of 10 default questions. The default pass mark is 70%

The course administrator within your organisation can:

  • Change the pass mark
  • Implement the random test question feature which selects 10 questions from a bank of 20.
  • Can specify that more than 10 questions must be answered (up to the full bank of 20 questions)

Target Audience:

The courses is intended for use in an environment where risk management processes have already considered how to eliminate hazardous substances, and how to reduce exposure to any hazardous substances in use.

Any employees or contractors could usefully use this course as part of an induction process, or as refresher training.  Local management remain responsible for providing employees with the details of any hazardous substances to which they might be exposed, and to specific instructions (for example, in method statements, or by providing access to safety data sheets) on safe use of those substances.  Risk assessments which have identified hazardous substances as byproducts should also be shared with employees so they understand how to protect themselves and others.

The course is also suitable for employees subject to health surveillance, to explain the importance of taking part in health surveillance and of reporting any symptoms experienced.

Course Curriculum

Highlights the importance of understanding that hazardous substances includes natural substances and byproducts of other activities as well as recognisable products bearing hazardous labelling. Describes how to recognise the type of immediate and long-term harm that a hazardous substance might cause. Discusses how to recognise some common health conditions that can result from use of hazardous substances Details what to do to identify and control risks.


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