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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

An awareness session applicable to all staff who handle chemicals and other harmful substances, especially laundry, domestic and kitchen staff. Gardeners and maintenance staff would also benefit from this session.   Designed to highlight the dangers (often overlooked) of hazardous substances commonly encountered in the workplace including cleaning substances and clinical waste etc. All staff will be aware of their responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others.

Course Content

  • Occupational health risks presented by substances in the work place
  • The legal responsibility placed upon Manufacturers, Employers and Employees under the Health and Safety etc. Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • How substances may enter the body through ingestion, absorption/inoculation  and inhalation
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Safe working practices-awareness of the vulnerable e.g. children and those with dementia or cognitive deficiency
  • Using Manufacturers/Suppliers data sheets and the Company/Primary Care Trust risk assessments and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • The importance of on-going training
  • Reporting of incidents, exposure and ill health


Duration:     1-3 hours

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