It is a legal requirement for employers to provide information, instruction and training about the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended).

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations have been in place for more than 25 years, and the scientific evidence suggests that over this time industry has, in general, been consistently reducing exposure to hazardous substances.

In this COSHH e-learning course you’ll gain the knowledge and understanding required to ensure you can act safely when working around hazardous substances.

This COSHH e-learning course provides a clear overview of the important elements of hazardous substances and gives you all the information to help ensure the safety of yourself or anyone else who works with hazardous substances.

The e-learning course is interactive and engaging with elements of ‘storytelling’ that help make the learning easy and interesting to follow. It’s a fun way of learning the important principles of COSHH.

Watch this video for a quick overview of our COSHH course.


Who is it for?

This COSHH e-learning course is essential health and safety training. It’s particularly appropriate for people new to an organisation or for use as a refresher for existing employees.

While some professions may be more at risk from incidents with hazardous substances, the truth is that everyone, in all types of roles, has a part to play in ensuring COSHH practices are a normal part of day-to-day work. Health and safety is the responsibility of everyone within an organisation.

In order for employees and companies to be protected, we recommend this COSHH e-learning becomes a part of each employee’s induction.

Why study this course?

The reasons to create a safe working environment where COSHH is uppermost in people’s mind are self-evident. This course will help bring the important topic of hazardous substance safety to the forefront of your mind. In this course:

  • You’ll learn to appreciate why COSHH is important and how issues with health can be avoided
  • You’ll understand the COSHH hazard signs and what they mean
  • You’ll be able to explain the responsibilities of employers and employees regarding COSHH
  • You’ll be able to explain the general rules for handling hazardous materials
  • You’ll help create a culture of positive health and safety practice in the workplace

Compared to a traditional classroom-based session, you will save a huge sum of money with our e-learning course.

Key facts

Average course duration: 60 minutes. Course content broken down as follows:
  • It’s an online e-learning course
  • Interactive and engaging content
  • Blending text, graphics, images and case studies
  • On-going testing as your progress with a final assessment

Price: GBP 25.00

Why study with ICM?

Practical courses - This course is designed to help you in the real business world, giving you practical skills that you can quickly and easily implement in the workplace.

Interactive and engaging - Learning doesn’t have to be boring. This multi-media course is designed to keep you engaged throughout.

Step-by-step learning - This course is broken down into easy to manage bite-size chunks. From start to finish we take you on an enjoyable learning journey.

Certificated courses - Employers recognise hard work and you will be awarded an official ICM certificate upon successful completion of your course.

Course content

  • 1Introduction to COSHH

    • describe the range of substances that COSHH covers
    • identify the new COSHH hazard symbols and explain what they represent
    • explain why harm from hazardous substances is often preventable
    • explain their employer’s responsibility in terms of health and safety and COSHH
    • describe their responsibility in terms of health and safety and COSHH.
  • 2Working with substances hazardous to health

    • explain how we can be exposed to substances hazardous to health
    • describe good COSHH working practices e.g. reading labels before using products
    • describe the labels and information which must be available on hazardous substances
    • explain general rules for handling hazardous substances
    • explain when PPE is used.
  • 3Case study

    • see how important COSHH is through a real-life example which demonstrates how practices, which were acceptable in the past, have had a detrimental impact on the person’s health and quality of life.
    • understand that the COSHH regulations help protect them.
    • understand that they have a role to play in their own health and safety.