What does COSHH stand for?
COSHH stands for Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health. It refers to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, which requires all employers to prevent or reduce their employees' exposure to hazardous substances.
COSHH covers a wide range of potentially harmful substances including, but not limited to:
- products containing a mixture of substances
- biological agents, described in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) as being "a micro-organism, cell culture, or human endoparasite which may cause infection, allergy, toxicity or other hazards to human health"
If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
What is COSHH training?
COSHH training courses are designed for businesses who use substances that could cause harm to employees, contractors and others.
Our COSHH course is designed to give your employees an understanding of their responsibilities in working safely with hazardous substances.
The course content introduces substances, the risks and controls available, and outlines what to expect from a control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessment.
Who is the course for?
This course is ideal for any organisation that makes use of hazardous substances in their work.
How long is this COSHH course?
This is a half-day COSHH awareness course, that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation.
COSHH course content
This course will cover:
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
- Understanding the COSHH Regulations
- What is a hazardous substance?
- Definition and types of substances
- Health effects of hazardous substances
- Knowing what the label says - hazard warning signs
- Safety data sheets
- Occupational health problems
- Health surveillance
- COSHH assessments and control options
- Controlling hazardous substances
- The ‘Hierarchy of Control’
- Occupational Exposure Limits
- Importance of company policies and procedures
Benefits of COSHH Training
- Comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
- Promote health and safety awareness amongst the staff
- Reduce the risk of ill-health and accidents
- Reduce lost time and impact on productivity
How often should you do COSHH training?
There is no set criterion for COSHH refresher training. You should consider fresh training in the following circumstances:
- If an employee or employees are required to spend longer with a particular substance, thereby increasing their exposure
- If you have introduced new hazardous substances in the workplace
- If there is an accident or near-miss related to substances
- When recruiting new staff, who may have received training previously but not relating to your workplace and specific substances used