COSHH Awareness Course

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  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration 1-2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This COSHH Awareness course gives workers knowledge of the risks of hazardous substances and the control measures that must be in place so they can work safely.

The law requires employers to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees. As part of this, employers should raise awareness of the risks of hazardous substances, and outline how to minimise those risks.

RoSPA Qualifications has assured this online training course and the CPD Certification Service has certified it.

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Who is COSHH Awareness for?

This COSHH Awareness online training course is for anyone who may come into contact with a substance hazardous to health within the workplace. Regulation 12 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 states that every employer who undertakes work which is liable to expose an employee to a substance hazardous to health, shall provide that employee with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.

COSHH Awareness Certificate Example

When do I get my COSHH Awareness certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

Your certificate will include the ROSPA and CPD Certification Service logos. Therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the COSHH Awareness course cover?

The course contains the following 7 topics:

1 – Hazardous Substances

The first topic introduces you to hazardous substances. The topic gives examples of hazardous substances and the various forms they can take. You will learn about why hazardous substances are present in the workplace and the potential acute and chronic effects of exposure.

2 – The COSHH regulation

The second topic is about the COSHH regulation and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The topic outlines the duty that COSHH places on employers, other duty holders and employees. You will learn about COSHH risk assessments. The topic also covers hazardous substances that are not covered by the COSHH regulation.

3 – Exposure to hazardous substances

The third topic is about exposure to hazardous substances. The topic defines ‘exposure’ and identifies four main exposure routes.

4 – Classification of substances

Topic 4 is about classification labelling and packaging of hazardous substances. You will learn about the CLP hazard pictograms and the hazards they represent. The topic also covers chemicals that are not covered by the CLP Regulation.

5 – Safety Data Sheets

Topic 5 is about Safety Data Sheets. The topic explains why they are needed and identifies the 16 sections of an SDS. You will learn about where to look for an SDS. The topic also explains the importance of packaging and why you should always store chemicals in the correct containers.

6 – Control Measures

Topic 6 is about control measures for hazardous substances. You will learn about control equipment, PPE and ways of working. The topic outlines your duty to comply with control measures.

7 – Monitoring exposure and health surveillance

The final topic is about monitoring and surveillance. You will learn about personal air monitoring and biological monitoring. The topic explains the role of Workplace Exposure Limits and Biological Monitoring Guidance Values. The topic also covers health surveys.


Once you have completed the seven topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the course gives useful feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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