Being aware of COSHH (the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is an important part of running a business. Why? Because it ensures the safety of everyone who enters your premises.
So, to help you better protect your business, our Health & Safety experts offer a comprehensive COSHH awareness course.
Course aims & objectives
By the end of our COSHH Awareness course you’ll:
Have a solid understanding of COSHH
Be able to effectively manage risks that result from COSHH
Have a strong understanding of your legal responsibilities and why so many employers get COSHH wrong
Be able to competently undertake simple COSHH assessments
Confidently identify issues of your own accord
Have the knowledge to answer COSHH-related questions from around your business.
Being COSHH aware has a number of business benefits, like: improving business-wide mindfulness; preventing accidents; improving your overall Health & Safety culture; and establishing easy-to-understand best practices.
Our COSHH Awareness course has been designed to last around three hours. During this time, we’ll:
Walk you through the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and what they mean for you;
Improve your understanding of why the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are so focused on employers getting COSHH right;
Show you how COSHH can cause ill-health and injuries when improperly managed;
Explain why COSHH-specific risk assessments are needed, the difference between COSHH assessments and Material Safety Data Sheets, and what the law requires of you;
Demonstrate how you can conduct your own COSHH assessment; and
Test the knowledge you’ve been taught with a multiple-choice test and final assessment.
By the time you’ve completed our course, you’ll know:
The ins and outs of the Health & Safety implications around COSHH
What substances are hazardous and how they may change throughout use
How hazardous substances enter individuals’ systems
When and where exposure might occur
The short and long-term health effects of exposure
What warning symbols look like
Exactly what your and your employees’ legal duties are
What’s set out in relevant regulations
What you need to do to maintain COSHH safety in and around your business – including continually monitoring employees’ health.
Introduction COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by: finding out what the health hazards are; deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
Module 1: What is COSHH COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by: finding out what the health hazards are; deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
Module 2:Regulations and Principles The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all employees"
Module 3: Main routes of entry, and harmful effects Where there is a COSHH risk present in a place of work, a number of extra precautions need to be taken to prevent the hazardous substance from entering the body.
Module 4:Warning Symbols This module takes a look at the various warning symbols which help to identify the nature of the chemical or substance.
Module 5:Safe use and storage of chemicals and substances Substances should be stored in the COSHH cabinet according to their storage instructions. Hazardous substances should be stored in appropriate spill-proof containers and not allowed to come into contact with each other if there is a risk of a dangerous chemical reaction occurring between them.
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