COSHH (Hazardous Substances) Online Training

The EssentialSkillz COSHH (Hazardous Substances) online training explains the different types of hazardous substances, how they are classified and how to work with them safely.  The online course follows the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.



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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
  • Classification
  • Health Risks
  • Control Measures
  • Final Test

Target Audience:

Ideal for deployment to anyone whose work might involve handling of, or close proximity to, hazardous substances. The course can be used as primer training and is easily blended with a practical demonstration to provide more thorough instruction.

Course Objectives:

  •      To list hazardous substances and their different forms.
  •      To be aware of the hazards and health risks associated with hazardous substances.
  •      To detail how to avoid harmful exposure and reduce the risk of ill-health associated with hazardous substances.


Once the 40 minute course is completed, users will be required to take a final test consisting of as default, 10 required questions from a bank of 20 questions.  Your course administrator can define pass rates appropriate for your organisation and decide to implement the random test question feature.  On successful completion of the test, users can download and print a certificate.


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