COSHH Training or NEBOSH General Certificate?
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (or COSHH as it is usually referred to as) is an area of health and safety which should be given a great deal of attention. There is often a perception that COSHH training is only necessary for workers who are employed by large industrial companies which use highly dangerous chemicals and substances. It is true that workers in these companies will most definitely require COSHH training in the dangers and risks associated with these substances as they are likely to cause severe injuries, ill health or death if they are exposed to them in a way which should be avoided (e.g. either at all or over a recommended maximum length of time). However it is also the case that a worker in virtually any place of work is likely to encounter - or at least have the potential to come into contact with - a substance which can cause them to become ill or receive an injury from it.
These include substances which in all likelihood do not immediately spring to mind when thinking about COSHH risks and dangers from hazardous substances, for instance cleaning products such as bleach, printer cartridge ink/toner, or even thick layers of dust from disturbing an area which has not been touched for a while. So no matter what the type of industry or the substances used in it, nearly every employee would benefit from COSHH training in some form.
Is COSHH Covered in the NEBOSH General Certificate Course Syllabus?
Many different hazards and risks are covered in the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus, including COSHH and hazardous substances. Whilst it will touch upon related topics such as Workplace Exposure Limits, types of risks and preventative control measures, it will only provide a general overview of these issues. For those who require a more detailed knowledge of COSHH safety, especially those who work with highly-dangerous substances, then they will need to undertake suitable COSHH training which may also need to be tailored and specialised to deal with the dangers and control measures of the exact substances which they may encounter in their place of work.
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