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Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer. In addition there are also biological hazards that can cause harm to workers. Every year, thousands of workers are made ill by hazardous substances, contracting a range of diseases or conditions that costs organisations many millions of pounds each year and affects the quality of life of individuals. Employers are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposures to biological hazards, chemicals and hazardous substances and to protect workers health. The primary piece of legislation relating to chemicals and hazardous substances is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).
The Regulations and guidance requires that employees are trained, instructed and informed about their involvement in the assessment process, responsibilities and the use of control measures.

Aims of the Course

Hazardous Substances aims to raise the awareness of employers and employees to the hazards associated with the presence and use of chemicals and hazardous substances and the actions that are necessary to control the risks. At the end of the training trainees will be able to:

  • Appreciate by use of examples the main groups of substances and agents that are hazardous to health including chemicals, substances, biological and physical agents
  • Recognise the main routes of entry of chemicals and biological hazards into the body or areas most at risk from physical agents
  • Recognise common labelling and signs
  • Recognise the various forms that chemicals, substances and biological agents can be presented in
  • Appreciate how the quantity and duration of exposure affects risk
  • Appreciate the issue of sensitisation
  • Appreciate the significance of skin contact as the major cause of occupational disease making reference to allergens in particular latex and exposures to sunlight
  • Appreciate how simple self examination can form part of a health surveillance programme
  • Recognise a hierarchy of controls and reference to the limitations of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Appreciate the need to store and take care of issued PPE and report any defects
  • Appreciate the requirements for the safe

Who is it for?

The course has been developed for managers and employees at all levels in the organisation to ensure they have the necessary awareness of hazardous substances, chemicals and biological hazards and the measures that are typically used to control the risks.

How is it Delivered?

The Praxis42 Hazardous Substances eLearning modules are delivered in a convenient electronic format, making them a far more cost-effective training method than traditional training days. Trainees can access the course using their own electronic devices, working at their own pace and completing the modules over multiple sessions should they choose to do so. This course can also be tailored to a SCORM compliant learning management system, at no extra cost, should you require.

Compliance Record Keeping Easily Solved

A key part of all Praxis42 eLearning modules is our advanced learning management system, called SHINE. This electronic file keeping system does away with the headache that often accompanies traditional record keeping, which relies on you correctly filing and keeping track of paper certificates. Instead, you can conveniently view and manage all of your training records on one system, easily accessing these should you need to present them during an audit.

Course Summary

Hazardous Substances training from Praxis42 helps managers and employees recognise the hazards associated with working with chemicals, substances, biological hazards and exposures to physical agents. The course uses all the latest HSE guidance including ‘Working with substances hazardous to health’ INDG136, covers typical control measures and the globally harmonised international pictograms.

Additional information

Hazardous Substances Guide (PDF) Download Pdf

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Technical Requirements

Please read our eLearning Technical Specification for information about the technical requirements of our courses.