The control of hazardous substances is regulated by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.
Information provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains that COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health.
“Substances can take many forms and include
- products containing chemicals,
- gases and asphyxiating gases and biological agents (germs).
- germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.”
COSHH does not cover lead, asbestos or radioactive substances because these have their own specific regulations.
This Hazardous Substances (COSHH) Online Training course provides essential information on substance classification. In addition, hazard classification symbols (old and new) are explained and the importance of labels and safety data sheets discussed. Furthermore, users are made aware that not all hazardous substances are labelled products. The course educates delegates on how hazardous substances can enter the body and also what specific health conditions can develop.
The responsibilities of both employers and employees are explained in this course including the areas of identification, control measures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and finally, how to deal with accidents and emergencies.