COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. The importance of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations cannot be overlooked, nor the importance of an employee holding a COSHH qualification. For instance, thousands of individuals are made ill each year as a direct result of substances that are hazardous to health.

This qualification is aimed at those learners who work in an environment where coming into contact with
hazardous substances is likely. This includes workplaces in areas such as manufacturing, cleaning,
healthcare, transport, utilities and office environments.
It gives learners the knowledge and skills to recognise the risks associated with hazardous substances and
how to control them
The Level 2 Award in Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH ) Risk Assessment aims to provide supervisors and employees with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the COSHH risk assessment process and the skills required to undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. This includes workplaces in areas such as manufacturing, cleaning, healthcare, transport, utilities and office environments.
  1. Understand the law relating to hazardous substances in the workplace

Outline employers and employees duties relating to hazardous substances at work
Outline the consequences for non compliance with statutory duties
List the ways in which an employer can communicate hazardous substances safety
information

  1. Understand how risk assessments contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace

Define the terms hazard and risk with respect to hazardous substances
List the different forms that hazardous substances can take
Outline the health and safety effects that may arise following exposure or release of
hazardous substances Outline the routes that hazardous
substances can enter the body
Describe how risk assessments reduce accidents and ill health at work
Outline the five step process of risk assessment

  1. Understand the precautions and procedures necessary to ensure the risks associated with hazardous substances are properly controlled

Outline the control hierarchy in respect of safe use, handling, transporting, storage and disposal of substances hazardous to health
Outline the types of information that should be referred to for the safe identification and use of hazardous substances
Describe the general procedures that should be in place for dealing with an incident involving hazardous substances

Assessment Guidance

This qualification is assessed through a 15-question multiple-choice examination. The duration of the
examination is 30 minutes.
Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 10 out of 15.

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