Why are COSHH Health and Safety Courses Important?
Occupational health is often not viewed with the same importance or with the need for urgency of action, often because the effects of occupational health hazards are not as immediate as occupational safety risks which can cause instant and visible harm. Also, these effects may not be as severe as a safety hazard which can cause serious injury or death, as a health hazard may just cause minor discomfort in later life.
However, these occupational health hazards can be just as dangerous and hazardous to a person's health as a hazard that poses a risk of physical injury. One of the primary and most-encompassing examples of this is COSHH; substances which are hazardous to health. These substances can come in a variety of forms including dusts, liquids, vapours, mists etc, and can enter the body primarily through inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. These different forms cover so many substances that a worker in virtually every industry will encounter a COSHH risk to some extent whilst in their job role. As a result, a large number of health and safety courses cover COSHH and hazardous substances in their respective syllabus, particularly comprehensive health and safety qualifications like the NEBOSH General Certificate or the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate courses.
COSHH courses can also be tailored to the exact substances that employees encounter whilst at work, which can be much more beneficial for them instead of a general COSHH course which only covers the theoretical aspect of numerous harmful substances, many of which your employees may have no chance of encountering at work. If you would like more information on providing a bespoke COSHH or other health and safety course for your employees, please contact us online by using the "Contact" tab at the top of the page, or call 0844 800 3295.