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An Overview of COSHH
An Overview of COSHH
An Overview of COSHH

This online COSHH training course has been created to provide people at any level and in any sector, with guidance that will help them to work safely with substances that are hazardous to health and comply with COSHH regulations.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to satisfy your legal obligations for appropriate training and minimise the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits. This course will also help to ensure the safety of you, and your staff, when working with hazardous substances.

  • Online access to course and assessment
  • Training quick, easy and at your own pace
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

Overview: COSHH Training

COSHH stands for Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. It is a comprehensive set of regulations that requires employers to limit and control exposure to hazardous substances. Thousands of people working in industries ranging from cleaning to agriculture fall ill every year as a result of working with hazardous substances. These illnesses can range from skin diseases such as dermatitis to lung diseases including asthma or even contracting types of cancer. These potential hazards highlight how important it is to ensure staff and managers have been trained effectively.

Is COSHH a legal requirement? Yes, COSHH is the law requiring employers to control substances deemed hazardous to health. Undertaking a COSHH risk assessment is a great way to help ensure that your business complies with these regulations or where improvements need to be made. Generally, a COSHH risk assessment looks at hazardous substances which can cause harm to workers in the workplace, identifies how they might pose a danger, and seeks to put precautions in place.

This COSHH training course will help you comply with current legislation by giving you key information on how to handle chemicals safely and how to implement safety procedures into your workplace.

Note: This course was previously known as An Overview of COSHH.

COSHH Legislation and Regulations

Employers are legally obligated to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002 and the 2004 amendment.

Any business that uses substances that can be hazardous to health is obligated to control the risk of exposure to employees. This is partly a responsibility given by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but also The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, which more specifically cover dealing with harmful substances in the workplace.

Regulation EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits contains documentation that explains the legally defined exposure limits for 31 common and dangerous substances. COSHH is therefore a law and a framework for processes that help ensure that the risk of hazardous substances causing harm to people is reduced.

Such hazardous substances can include the following;

  • Biological agents
  • Chemicals
  • Dusts
  • Fumes
  • Gases
  • Microorganisms
  • Mists
  • Vapours

Why take this COSHH training course?

By completing this COSHH training course, learners will be able to work with hazardous substances safely and effectively in a way that is appropriate to their work. Employees will understand the risks associated with dangerous substances, and the precautions they can take to ensure their safety.

The training material in this course will provide learners with the facts about COSHH legislation and how important it is for businesses to ensure employee safety and insight on how to maintain their safety.

Learners will also be able to recognise the responsibilities of employees and employers when it comes to COSHH regulations, and learners will also be able to identify harmful substances in the workplace and the effects it can have on them.

Who Should take COSHH training?

This COSHH training course is suitable for anyone who works or comes into contact with hazardous substances or materials in the workplace. Those professions which should undertake COSHH training include:

  • Agriculture
  • Beauty and hairdressing
  • Builders
  • Catering and baking
  • Cleaning staff
  • Decorators
  • Engineers
  • Farmers
  • Mechanics
  • Offshore oil and gas workers
  • Painters
  • Printing
  • Vehicle repair and painting
  • Welding
  • Woodworking

E-learning content

  • What does COSHH stand for?
  • Why bother with COSHH?
  • Where hazardous substances can be found
  • Effects of hazardous substances
  • Which substances are classed as hazardous under COSHH?
  • Examples of harmful substances at work
  • Is COSHH relevant?
  • Identifying the symbols
  • Safety data sheets
  • The eight steps of COSHH regulations
  • Which substances are classed as hazardous under COSHH?

Training outcomes

  • Learners will understand what COSHH stands for any why it is important
  • Learners will understand where hazardous substances may be found
  • Learners will understand the effects that dangerous substances can have on their health
  • Learners will be able to identify danger warning symbols
  • Learners will know how to assess risks and ensure control measures are used and maintained
  • Learners will know how to carry out appropriate health surveillance


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Approximately one hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works in an environment where they need to know about Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this COSHH training course. The material is appropriate for all levels, however the estimated level of audience knowledge is intermediate.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is the certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long this certificate is valid for. It is generally recognised that certificates are renewed every three years.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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