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An Overview of COSHH

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On average this
course contributes
1 hours
towards your CPD

The An Overview of COSHH course has been created to provide people at any level, in any sector, with guidance that will help them to work safely with substances that are hazardous to health.

By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits.

Learners will be taught the reasons for COSHH and how to comply with the COSHH regulations.

Why take the An Overview of COSHH course?

  1. Employers are legally obliged to comply with the COSHH Regulations 2002 and the 2004 amendment.
  2. Every year, thousands of works become ill because of hazardous substances, contracting cancer, lung diseases such as asthma, and skin diseases such as dermatitis.
  3. These diseases cost many millions of pounds each year.

On completion of this course learners will be able understand:

  • COSHH legislation
  • Employer responsibilities under COSHH
  • Employee responsibilities under COSHH
  • Harmful substances in the work place and their effects

This course is relevant to anybody involved in a working environment.

When you've completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction to COSHH
    • What does COSHH stand for?
    • Why bother with COSHH?
  • Hazardous Substances
    • Where hazardous substances can be found
    • Effects of hazardous substances
    • Which substances are classed as hazardous under COSHH
    • Examples of harmful substances at work
    • Is COSHH relevant?
    • Identifying the symbols
    • Safety data sheets
  • Complying with COSHH regulations
    • Step 1: Asses the risks
    • Step 2: Deciding what precautions are needed
    • Step 3: Prevent or adequately control exposure
    • Step 4: Ensure that control measures are used and maintained
    • Step 5: Monitor exposure
    • Step 6: Prepare plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies
    • Step 7: Ensure that employees are properly informed, trained and supervised
    • Step 8: Carry out appropriate health surveillance

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works in an environment where they need to know about Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.


With approximately 31 interactive screens, it is estimated that this course will take approximately 1 hour to complete (depending on learning speed). The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with 36 interactive screens and multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, the material is appropriate for all levels. However, the estimated level of audience knowledge is intermediate.

What our customers have said

Clear and neat, easy to use 15/02/2017 TD
The ease of use, everything was explained clearly.
04/01/2017 DR
Easy to use. Clear instruction
25/10/2015 SP
It is very easy to navigate. The voice over is very useful. The course was good and instructions easy to follow
06/10/2015 CS
I liked the voiceover introduction to each slide. I also found the test questions helpful in order to prepare for the main test to come
25/09/2015 JS
Enjoyed the whole module & test very well thought out and put together got my brain working!
18/09/2015 TI
Easy to work through and understand
17/09/2015 LT
The module was easy to understand and having the test ensured that I read and absorbed the information given
09/09/2015 LG
I liked how there was a voice to explain the facts and written information. The yellow pop ups for important information were excellent
BE 14/08/2015
Explaining everything step by step is excellent. Also showing some parts with pictures help to memorise better
GB 16/04/2015
Easy to read and navigate. The audio options are very clear. The content is worded very well and is easy to understand
ZM 01/04/2015
I like the fact that I could go back pages if I needed to revise on something
PS 11/03/2015
I was very interested in learning about the online course that i did which was COSHH and then found the test fairly straight forward
LH 17/02/2015
Nicely broken down sections. Able to store where I was at and come back later
ST 05/02/2015
I felt there was plenty of time allowed. It was straightforward and made you look at the options given
JD 01/04/2015
Nicely broken down sections. Able to store where I was at and come back later
ST 05/02/2015
Nicely broken down sections. Able to store where I was at and come back later
ST 05/02/2015
The module was very easy to understand, and very informative
FC 29/10/2014
I have found that this test and course are most factful and helpful and it is good to be able to be able to get in touch with an organisation that helps people to progress in learning in life
BB 04/08/2014

Cost and Discounts

£15 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943-885095.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1 hours.

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