This online course covers what you need to know about the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). COSHH substances can take many forms including; chemicals, fumes, dusts, vapours, mists and many more. Please note that this course does not cover lead, radioactive substances or asbestos as each have their own specific regulations. If you require this training then visit our Asbestos Awareness Courses For further practical advice and Guidance on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 please visit HSE website

Under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), substances which are hazardous to health are classified as:

  • Very toxic
  • Harmful
  • Corrosive
  • Irritant

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health is the law that requires employers to prevent, reduce or control substances that are hazardous to health order to prevent ill health to their workers.

This was a new regulation that came into force in January 2009 dovetailing with a set of regulations called REACH.

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, which came into force on 1st June 2007.

One of the main aims of REACH is to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.


This course is IIRSM approved