Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Image of a broken bottle containing a hazardous substance to illustrate the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) course

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – Qualification Level

QCF Level 2 Award (England, Northern Ireland & Wales)

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) qualification is designed for anyone who comes into contact with hazardous chemicals. This includes industries such as education, manufacturing, health and social care, cleaning, offices, military, industry etc.

Employers have a legal responsibility under health and safety legislation to provide adequate training which is in line with the role of the employee. Failure to do so can result in criminal proceedings in the courts.

The qualification has been approved by Ofqual and the Welsh Government and is a regulated qualification. It is also supported by Pro Skills the Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing sector.

All aspects of Health and Safety is important to the business whether you are an employee, contractor or supplier. This full-day course will benefit both the learner and the business, ensuring that the working environment is a safe and healthy one.


This is a one-day classroom based course and no previous experience is necessary.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – Syllabus

A range of subjects is covered including:-

  • Understanding the law relating to hazardous substances in the workplace.
    • Employers and employees duties relating to hazardous substances at work.
    • Consequences for non compliance with statutory duties.
    • Ways in which an employer can communicate hazardous substances safety information.
  • How risk assessments contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace.
    • Definition of the terms hazard and risk with respect to hazardous substances.
    • The different forms that hazardous substances can take.
    • Health and safety effects that may arise following exposure or release of hazardous substances.
    • The routes by which hazardous substances can enter the body.
    • How risk assessments reduce accidents and ill health at work.
    • The five step process of risk assessment.
  • The precautions and procedures necessary to ensure the risks associated with hazardous substances are properly controlled.
    • Control hierarchy in respect of safe use, handling, transporting, storage and disposal of substances hazardous to health.
    • Types of information that should be referred to for the safe identification and use of hazardous substances.
    • General procedures that should be in place for dealing with an incident involving hazardous substances.


Assessment is on-going by the instructor, culminating with a question paper.

This is a 3 year qualification.


A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated on this course.


£85 per person