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COSHH Awareness

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This is a fully online course and requires access to an internet enabled computer or tablet. Once students receive the log in details for the programme then they can complete the course at any time and the certificate can be printed off at the end of the course. The course consists of a series of short training units followed by a quiz. The quiz can be retaken if it is not achieved at the first attempt.

This COSHH training course educates how to best control, store and handle hazardous substances in the workplace so that they do not cause ill health.

Effective COSHH training will help individuals better understand what they need to do in order to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, which apply to the way employers and employees work with potentially harmful substances.

This COSHH training course is ideal for personnel involved with the handling, storing or transporting of hazardous substances across many different sectors.

According to the Labour Force Survey, an estimated 68,000 people developed (or had worsened) breathing/lung and skin problems from their job in 2017/18. Therefore COSHH training and harmful substance awareness is very important in preserving the short-term and long-term health of employees.

All sorts of substances that are present in different work environments can be harmful to workers’ health, including “natural” substances. Potential health problems from exposure may include developing dermatitis from flowers, bulbs, fruits and vegetables to developing leukaemia caused by benzene in crude oil.

Entry Requirements: This course is available to all individuals with an internet enabled tablet or computer. The training and assessment is only available in English.

Certification: This course is certified by the CPD certification service.

Course Units:

Harmful substances – Identifying them, dispelling myths about “natural” substances, and the common places these substances can be located in the work environment.

Exposure risks – Types of ill health, injuries, diseases and long-term effects – from skin conditions like dermatitis to lung diseases and leukaemia.

Points of exposure – Points of entry, and prevention. Exposure through the skin, nose, mouth etc.

Safety data sheets and hazard checklists – Substance & product labelling, European and international symbols, understanding safety data sheets, and completing a hazard checklist.

Risk Assessment – Understanding how, and how much workers are exposed before deciding if anything needs to be done to reduce their exposure.

Exposure control measures and equipment – A mixture of equipment and ways of working to reduce exposure using the right combination; for example fume cupboards, ventilation, spray booths, and PPE.

REACH – 2007 EU regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals. Why the regulation is significant, what it entails, when and how it is applicable.

Special Requirements:

Learners must have achieved the fire awareness course in order to access any of the other courses in the Online Industry Compliance course suite.


All applicants must complete fire awareness before they can access any further courses. The fire awareness course is free with the first course booked per applicant and must be repeated annually with new bookings. 1 booking = 1 course (regardless of whether this is multiple individuals on one course or one individual on multiple courses.

To book multiple courses please complete the Business Course Booking form. This can be requested through adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Number of bookings per application (business or individual) - Cost

1 - £12

2-9 - £10

10-49 - £8

50+ - £6

Discount is applied per booking and not per company, for example a company/individual booking 15 candidates/courses will pay £8 per course. If they subsequently book a further 6 places, they will pay £10 per course.

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively if you wish to book multiple courses or for multiple applicants and access the multi booking discount then please complete the Business Booking form -