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

Overview - An Overview of COSHH

The An Overview of COSHH course has been created to provide people at any level, in any sector, with guidance that will help them to work safely with substances that are hazardous to health.

By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits.

Learners will be taught the reasons for COSHH and how to comply with the COSHH regulations.

Why take the An Overview of COSHH course?

  1. Employers are legally obliged to comply with the COSHH Regulations 2002 and the 2004 amendment.
  2. Every year, thousands of works become ill because of hazardous substances, contracting cancer, lung diseases such as asthma, and skin diseases such as dermatitis.
  3. These diseases cost many millions of pounds each year.

On completion of this course learners will be able understand:

  • COSHH legislation
  • Employer responsibilities under COSHH
  • Employee responsibilities under COSHH
  • Harmful substances in the work place and their effects

This course is relevant to anybody involved in a working environment.

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction to COSHH
    • What does COSHH stand for?
    • Why bother with COSHH?
  • Hazardous Substances
    • 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
  • Complying with COSHH regulations
    • Step 1: Asses the risks
    • Step 2: Deciding what precautions are needed
    • Step 3: Prevent or adequately control exposure
    • Step 4: Ensure that control measures are used and maintained
    • Step 5: Monitor exposure
    • Step 6: Prepare plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies
    • Step 7: Ensure that employees are properly informed, trained and supervised
    • Step 8: Carry out appropriate health surveillance


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


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1 hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with 36 interactive screens and multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.

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 course, the material is appropriate for all levels. However, the estimated level of audience knowledge is intermediate.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

A bulk discount structure applies for this course based on the quantity you buy and is calculated automatically during checkout.

  • 10% discount on 10 - 49 courses
  • 20% discount on 50 + courses

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

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