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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, 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 can satisfy your legal obligations for appropriate training, minimise the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits, and ensure the safety of you, or your staff, when working with hazardous substances.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Comply with UK Health and Safety legislation
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

What is COSHH?

COSHH stands for Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. This comprehensive set of regulations 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. This can include contracting types of cancer, skin diseases such as dermatitis, or lung diseases including asthma.

Is COSHH a legal requirement?

Yes, COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances deemed hazardous to health.

 Employers are legally obligated to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002 and the 2004 amendment, and providing COSHH training will greatly reduce the risk of incidents occurring.

This 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.

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.

This training material will provide learners with the facts about the COSHH legislation and how important it is for businesses to ensure employee safety. Learners will 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 their effects.

This course was previously known as An Overview of COSHH.

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: Oil and Gas workers, mechanics, engineers, farmers, painters, decorators, cleaning staff and builders.

This is not a complete list, and many professions have changing responsibilities and job roles and therefore may need to undertake COSHH training.

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (13)

COSHH Training
19 days ago
Great course very easy to follow learn at your own pace which is great
– Kelvin jones
COSHH Training
28 days ago
Very informative and excellent value
– Customer
COSHH Training
2 months ago
Very informative
– Customer
COSHH Training
3 months ago
Intereting gained lots of new knowledge. It was clear to follow
– Customer
COSHH Training
5 months ago
East and fast comprehensive test
– Sara leigh
COSHH Training
8 months ago
Good course as a refresher
– Customer
COSHH Training
11 months ago
wonderful its what I needed and I'm proud to have this
– Customer
COSHH Training
11 months ago
Excellent program easy to log on to, you can learn at your own pace. Because of format it makes retaining information easier. Thank you.
– Customer
COSHH Training
one year ago
Excellent training module and the chance to try again if you dont get it right first time .
– J Fortt
COSHH Training
one year ago
Course contents well organised.
– Linda
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