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Protecting your workforce from exposure to harmful substances

What is a COSHH assessment?


Exposure to harmful working conditions can result in fatal diseases - such as asbestosis which claim the lives of 13,000 people per year. Most businesses will at some point use substances or products that could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people.

By following the COSHH Regulations, companies can save money and be more effective by reducing absenteeism and not having to replace trained workers. The best way to get a full understanding of what is and isn't covered by COSHH is to undergo appropriate training.

Our one-day Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) training course is suitable for employees in all industry sectors. It covers the basics of identifying, measuring and controlling exposure to harmful substances.

This COSHH training is ideal for anyone with responsibility for storing, using, handling or transporting hazardous substances, particularly those involved with manufacturing, cleaning, healthcare, transport, utilities or offices.

When is a COSHH assessment required?

You need a COSHH assessment whenever you are using, creating or producing a substance within your workplace that is hazardous to health.

"Diseases linked with exposure to hazardous chemicals can be prevented with an understanding of COSHH. This can provide a systematic approach to managing and reducing the potential for people being harmed at work."

Karen McDonnell
Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser - RoSPA

Why study with RoSPA?


Practically based expert tuition


Written situations are brought to life through enjoyable practical exercises


Gain practical skills to take back to your workplace

Is a COSHH assessment a legal requirement?

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH Regulations), a COSHH risk assessment is required by law for any substances that are hazardous to health.

What does COSHH training cover?

RoSPA's COSHH training course will help to ensure that your business complies with relevant legislation, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals Regulations 2015. Topics covered include:

  • Forms of chemical and biological agents
  • Classification of substances
  • Routes of entry
  • Health hazards of specific agents
  • The role of COSHH
  • Workplace exposure limits and other sources of information
  • Control measures
  • Surveys for health risks
  • Environmental issues
  • Practical COSHH risk assessments

Where can I take COSHH training?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes. You can attend a course at our live virtual classrooms or have the course delivered in your workplace.