COSHH (Hazardous Substances) Online Training

This COSHH Hazardous Substances Online Training course covers:

  • Different forms of hazardous substances.
  • The health risks associated with different hazardous substances.
  • How to assess the risks from hazardous substances and common control measures for hazardous substances.

Fully customisable by you, at no extra cost.

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Course Introduction

You don’t have to work in a chemical or manufacturing industry to be exposed to hazardous substances. In every workplace you can find substances which could be hazardous to your health. For example, cleaning products used in all workplaces are often marked with hazard symbols.

However, not all hazardous substances have labels to warn you of the dangers. You need to be aware of the different types and forms of hazardous substances you might come across in your workplace.

This COSHH Hazardous Substances Online Training course takes on average 50 minutes to complete.

Course Content

The COSHH Hazardous Substances course uses case studies of people learning how to control hazardous substance exposure in their workplace. Through these case studies, learners will understand the importance of safety measures and the risks of failing to implement them. This course will teach you:

  • How to use information from labels, pictograms and safety data sheets to identify and understand hazards
  • How to work through the hierarchy of risk control, eliminating and reducing risk from hazardous substances where practicable.
  • The role that PPE plays in managing residual hazards is explained.

The course has an increased focus on carcinogens, including silica dust and diesel fumes. These have been the focus of the IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) ‘No time to lose’ campaign.

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this Hazardous Substances eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, eg the organisation’s hazardous substances inventory, and local arrangements for storage and PPE, all at no extra cost.

Key features

All our courses provide technically accurate training which keeps your organisation in line with best practice. We include the latest techniques in learning which ensure learners are engaged throughout. Our courses are also:

Fully customisable by you

Add your own scripts, images, videos, presentations and interactions – with no coding experience required. Use our suite of templates to make our courses your own, delivering highly relevant training to your organisation at no extra cost.

White label branding

We can brand our training with your unique corporate identity to make your users feel right at home throughout the training journey.

Integrate with your LMS

You can deploy this course using our compliance platform. Alternatively, you can deliver this course, with all its key features, directly from your third-party LMS.


Our COSHH course can integrate with JAWS ® a widely available text-to-speech integration to help visually impaired users engage with the same, unabridged and high-quality compliance training as their colleagues.


On successful completion, learners receive a personalised certificate which includes the learner’s name, score and date of completion. Certificates can be viewed, downloaded and printed off at any time to serve as a record of compliance.


Our COSHH Online Training course is RoSPA approved and IIRSM certified. This ensures that our courses adhere to the highest standard of training and will provide a practical and meaningful learning experience to our customers.

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Why is this course important for compliance?

  • COSHH training forms an essential part of compliance training as it ensures that your organisation complies with its legal obligations and requirements.
  • The EssentialSkillz COSHH (Hazardous Substances) online training supports the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 and the associated Approved Code of Practice and guidance, L5 (2013). Regulation 12 requires employees to be provided with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.

Add your own questions

Create your own question and answer bank to test your users on the key information that they need to know to be fully compliant. Set core questions to appear in the test section that users are required to pass so that crucial learning points are reinforced.

Randomise test questions

Generate 10 random questions from a bank of 20 to test your user’s retention and understanding of key content.

Set the pass mark

As training administrator, you can configure the passing score that users need to complete the course. Set your own grade boundaries to ensure your training complies with the standards set out by your organisation.

Who should take this course?

The target audience for this course is people who could be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their work. This includes:

  • People using chemicals for work, such as cleaning substances.
  • People who generate hazardous substances in the course of their work, such as wood or stone dust.
  • People who could be exposed to substances in the environment at their workplace, such as diesel fumes.

The course is also useful for those managing people who could be exposed to hazardous substances, although it is recommended that they also have training in risk assessment and health and safety management to support this course.

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