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COSHH Awareness Training
The COSHH Awareness course is aimed at people who deal with hazardous substances on a day to day basis. Delegates will be briefed on the importance of procedures, safe handling and risk assessment of hazardous substances within their organisation.
At the conclusion of the course, delegates will have a sound understanding of their personal and legal responsibilities for the control of chemical and hazardous substances.
This course is suitable for managers and employees alike in all types of workplaces and industries, as COSHH hazards will exist in all workplaces to some degree.
However, COSHH courses are much more effective when they are tailored to the types of hazardous substances which are present in your place of work and are therefore likely to be encountered by those on your premises.
Who Needs COSHH Training?
Nearly all workers are likely to encounter hazardous substances to some extent. This is because there are many substances which are hazardous to human health, ranging from minor irritants to potential killers, depending on both the type of substance and the exposure levels. These substances can be waste products produced at the end of a process, cleaning products, dust, chemical ingredients etc.
The sheer number of hazardous substances in the world means that organisations in different industries will face different hazards according to the products they produce or the services they provide, and so will have a requirement for COSHH training as part of their health and safety training programme. For instance, a restaurant worker will handle cleaning products, but is unlikely to come into contact with solvents and construction-related substances like a builder would, which will again differ from a car mechanic dealing with hydraulic fluid, oil etc.
For this reason, a lot of our COSHH training is done as bespoke courses which are tailored to your requirements. Many our health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate touch on COSHH to some extent, but for those who are serious about COSHH training for their employees, a bespoke COSHH course is really the only effective way to go.
What Does This Course Cover?
The syllabus of the COSHH Awareness course covers relevant issues such as:
- COSHH regulations and principles
- Undertaking a suitable COSHH risk assessment and identifying controls
- The need for safe use and storage of hazardous substances (including PPE)
- Preparing and maintaining records (including Material Safety Data Sheets)
- Undertaking appropriate training
- Health surveillance
Our health and safety course tutors are qualified and experienced professionals with an appropriate background in this topic.
All course tutors are experienced in delivering engaging health and safety training, and hold professional membership of the chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Whilst our online COSHH course is very good, where health and safety training is involved it is always far better to have an actual course tutor there with you in the room, and is why we would always recommend that you attend a classroom COSHH training course whenever time and budgets allow.
COSHH training is most effective when run as a bespoke health and safety training course for an organisation, which is tailored to the particular substances and risks that their workers face. Attending an open course which tells your workers to store substances correctly and not to spill them is fine, but a COSHH training course which focuses on the correct storage and handling of the actual substances they use, and incorporates the firm's specific health and safety policy and operating procedures will be much more beneficial.
Our COSHH Awareness course content can be tailored to your specific requirements, taking into account the specific dangers and working practices of your particular company and industry. It can also be combined with one or more other courses to create a truly bespoke training programme for your employees.
For more information please call 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form with a description of your training requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
The COSHH Awareness course is delivered over half a day (three hours). This enables the course to be provided to two different groups on one day, meaning that not all of your staff need to be away from the workplace at the same time.
Each delegate will be issued with a workbook to assist them both during and after the course, which will contain information, guidance and forms.
The course is designed to be interactive, allowing delegates the opportunity to develop their skills with the support of the course tutor.
Delegates will be awarded a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course.
Scheduled Open Courses
Our COSHH Awareness course is not currently scheduled as an open course, and is currently only available as an in-house course where we come to your premises and deliver the training for a number of your employees.
For more information, and to discuss your training requirements further, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form.
COSHH for Managers and Supervisors
This 1-day course is aimed at those people with responsibility for the health and safety of their employees and others who may be exposed to hazardous substances; basically supervisors and managers who will deal with chemical and harmful/hazardous substances (COSHH) as part of their responsibility.
The focus of this course will be on the management action required to ensure the safe use of COSHH substances.
The syllabus of the COSHH for Managers and Supervisors course covers relevant issues such as:
- The COSHH regulations and principles
- The ways in which hazardous substances can harm health and how they enter the body
- How to define and monitor exposure limits
- Conducting a COSHH risk assessment and implementing controls
- The importance and structure of Material Safety Data Sheets
- Practical control measures
- How to compile and maintain the necessary records