The Health and Safety Executive provides clear guidance on how to safely control potentially hazardous substances, through the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002. Substances can include different chemicals, fumes, dust, vapours, mists, gases, germs and other agents. Those classified as hazardous can cause burns, asphyxiation and a variety of diseases. However, COSHH does not cover lead, asbestos or radioactive substances; these have their own, specific regulations.
The EssentialSkillz Hazardous Substances (COSHH) eLearning course highlights the key responsibilities that employers and their workforce have in relation to hazardous substances. The online course explains what hazardous substances are, explores substance classification and hazard classification symbols, both old and new, along with the importance of labelling and safety data sheets.
The course outlines how hazardous substances can impact on human health, how they enter the body, symptoms and specific health conditions. It also details actions to take to control the risks from hazardous substances, such as the use of personal protective equipment, and ways to deal with accidents and emergencies.
As with all the EssentialSkillz courses, the Hazardous Substances (COSHH) eLearning course can be tailored to your needs, meaning that your employers can learn about substances and responses that are specific to your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course using our integrated authoring tool, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.
The responsibilities of both employers and employees is explained in this course including the areas of identification, control measures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to deal with accidents and emergencies.
Main Sections within the course:
- Hazardous Substances Overview
- Health Risks
- Control Measures
- Final Test