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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

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.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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