Introduction to COSHH

This course is designed for use by all employers whose work processes expose employees to substances hazardous to health, and by employees who require information, instruction and training.

It deals with the responsibilities of both employers and employees, and explains the requirement of the COSHH Regulations to assess risks to health, decide what precautions are needed, ensure that control measures are used and maintained properly, and to provide information, instruction and training to all employees.

Introduction to COSHH

Course Modules:

  • What is COSHH? – (5 mins) – Introduces the COSHH Regulations and explains what they are designed to achieve.
  • Responsibilities – (10 mins) – Considers who is responsible for implementing COSHH, who is protected under COSHH and which industries and businesses are affected.
  • What Does COSHH Cover? – (10 mins) – Discusses what is and what is not covered by the Regulations.
  • Hazard and Risk – (10 mins) – Explains the meaning of the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’.
  • Toxic Effects – (15 mins) – Examines the different routes of entry into the body, explains ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ exposures and the Workplace Exposure Limit.
  • Assessment – (20 mins) – Covers the three stages of a COSHH assessment: recognising the hazards, evaluating the risks, and the implementation of control measures.
  • Information & Training – (5 mins) – Considers the requirements of the Regulations regarding the provision of information and training for employees.
  • Monitoring & Health Surveillance – (5 mins) – Explains when it would be necessary to monitor levels of exposure to workers, and when it would be necessary to supplement this with a health surveillance programme.
  • Self Test – (10 mins)

The average course completion time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.