COSHH Awareness Training – COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. COSHH is the Health & Safety Law that requires organisations to control substances that are hazardous to health. This control is essential to protect anyone involved in the business operation, e.g. employees, contractors, members of the public. The governing law is The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (legislation.gov.uk)

Organisations can prevent or reduce exposure to hazardous substances by:

  • Finding out what the health hazards are of each product.
  • Deciding how to prevent harm to health (by conducting a COSHH risk assessment).
  • Providing control measures to reduce harm to health.
  • Making sure control measures are used.
  • Keeping all control measures in good working order.
  • By providing information, instruction and training for employees and others
  • Providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases.
  • Planning for emergencies (emergency preparedness).

COSHH Legal Requirements

1. An employer shall not carry out work which is liable to expose any employees to any substance hazardous to health unless he has

—a. made a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk created by that work to the health of those employees and of the steps that need to be taken to meet the requirements of these Regulations.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Regulation 6

COSHH Awareness Training for Organisations

All organisations, SME’s to PLC’s use substances that could cause harm to employees, contractors and members of the general public. These substances could range from simple antibacterial hand wash to acids, caustic substances and pesticides. COSHH assessments are needed for all, however innocent they may appear if they have a hazard label on their packaging.

COSHH Awareness Training for the Self Employed

If you are self-employed, and have employees every part of COSHH regulations still apply. If you are self employed but have no employees, (but you take hazardous substances to other peoples premises), all parts of COSHH regulations apply except those about health surveillance and monitoring. The latter may apply to a mobile hairdresser, cleaners, electricians and plumbers for example.

Hazardous Substances

Be aware, that substances in your organisation may come in different forms; chemicals, fumes, mists, vapours, gases, nanotechnology, biological agents (germs).  If the products packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.

Asbestos, radioactive materials and lead are not covered under COSHH as they have their own regulations.

COSHH Awareness Training
COSHH Awareness Training. A series of flammable, non-flammable, toxic, corrosive and oxidizing gas and chemical safety symbols.

COSHH Awareness Training

Our COSHH awareness training courses are suitable for all employees if they deal with hazardous substances. If your organisation’s day to day activities are not primarily associated with hazardous substances then it may be more cost efficient for just your managers and supervisors to be trained in COSHH awareness. They can then provide tailored training to their team.

COSHH Training Aims

Your delegates will be briefed on the importance for procedures, safe handling and assessment of substances within their business and workplace. We undertake a study of your business operation prior to the course it’s relevant and tailored specifically to your needs. This course can be conducted externally, or onsite to minimise business disruption / downtime.

  • Overview of COSHH legislation.
  • The Basic – What you need to do.
  • Hazardous substance classifications
  • COSHH assessments (in practice).
  • Substitution.
  • Exposure limits & health.
  • Chemical safety data sheets.
  • Control measures, safe use and storage.
  • Permits to work.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Monitoring.
  • Health Surveillance.
  • Waste management.
  • Emergencies.

COSHH Course Location / Duration

This course can be conducted externally, or onsite to minimise business disruption / downtime if required. It’s 4 hours long with flexible starting times to meet the needs of your business operation. We are happy to conduct the course around the clock, during the evening or at weekends, etc. A small surcharge applies to courses conducted during out of hours times, see terms below.

Delivery Type
Face-to-Face

Assessment Methods
Continuous assessment through the course.

Maximum Learners Per Tutor
The COSHH Course has a maximum ratio of 12:1

Requalification Process

It is recommended that you, or your staff undertake refresher training every 3 years.

COSHH FAQ’s

Is COSHH assessment a legal requirement?

The COSHH, (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH Regulations), are required by law, for any substances that are hazardous to health. These regulations apply to businesses and also self employed workers.

Does my business need to comply with COSHH?

Almost certainly YES. Since almost all businesses will use, by or produce hazardous substances it is highly likely your business will need to comply with COSHH legislation. You may need to comply in the simplest of forms from just using daily cleaning products to using or producing highly toxic chemicals.

Does Covid-19 fall under COSHH?

YES, as Covid-19 is a biological agent as defined in COSHH regulations. Section 6 of these regulations requires employers to avoid carrying out work which is liable to exposure of this biological virus unless suitable risk assessments have been carried out and applied to reduce risks to an acceptable level.

Onsite Course Terms

In order for us to carry out the course on your premises, please check:

• Your premises is within the area on the map below. We can and are very happy to travel further to provide COSHH training, but please contact us for pricing and availability prior to purchasing. We aim to provide affordable training to all areas of the UK, but additional expenses may be charged if we don’t have a Health & Safety Trainer in your area.

• A small surcharge, invoiced prior to the course will be payable before the course start date if you require us to complete the course outside Mon-Fri, 0800-1800.

o Friday 1800 to Monday 0800, additional £20 per hour. E.g., Requalification course is 8 hours. Additional charge = £120.

o Weekdays, Monday to Thursday, 1800- 0800 on Friday, additional £15 per hour.

o Bank holidays, 0000-0000, additional £30 per hour.

• A room of sufficient size to conduct the practical elements of the training (please bear in mind social distancing for Covid-19 compliance). For 12 attendees room size should be larger than 36 square metres.

• A room which is large enough to use and clearly display a projector screen (we supply), and is free from distractions, noise, etc.

• Access to welfare facilities.

COSHH Awareness Training North Wales and the North West.
COSHH Awareness Training North Wales and the North West.

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