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Duration: Less than an hour
Language: English
Accredited by: CPD
Price: £25 (discounts available, see opposite).

COSHH Awareness. This course assists in complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH)Regulation.  It aims to provide the trainee with an understanding of these regulations in many of the critical risk areas.

COSHH Awareness

This short, entry-level course advises on procedures of the risks and dangers involved with any substance which could be:  a single chemical; a naturally occurring material such as wood dust or flour; mixtures and compounds such as paint, solvents, detergents and cleaning materials, metal-working fluids, pesticides, adhesives and cosmetics. It also includes all the dusts, fumes and vapours arising during work such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust and combustion products.

Almost everyone will benefit from this dynamic course as it reviews the COSHH Regulations and how they protect people at work.

This is COSHH training and no-one wins if the trainee isn’t concentrating. Shout Out Safety courses are entertaining exactly because we’re serious about Health & Safety training. Learning is easier when people are engaged (and they engage much more when they’re entertained). 

About the COSHH Awareness course

This COSHH Awareness course covers the following:

  1. What substances hazardous to health are, and how they harm us
  2. Assessment, prevention and limiting risk, including control measures and methods
  3. Employee responsibilities
  4. Employer responsibilities
  5. The golden rules of COSHH

There are 4 sets of questions which you will need to answer. Achieve the passmark and you’ll be able to move onto the next section. You can watch each section as often as you like but you can’t fast-forward.

Accreditation

This COSHH Awareness course is accredited and endorsed by The CPD Certification Service. Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be able to immediately download a unique, personalized and endorsed certificate to keep with your records or to send to your employer.

FAQ

When do I get my certificate?

Unlike many e-Leaning courses, you’ll get you certificate immediately after you pass the course. It will be in your name and you can download it as soon as you’ve watched all the clips and successfully passed the tests.

How long is this course going to take?

We suggest you allocate 30 minutes. It’s short but it contains the essential information you need to know.

How is the course delivered?

The course is presented as a set of four short video clips. Simply press play and the first clip will be shown. Watch it, concentrate on the information and after the clip finishes there will be a set of questions for you to answer on the information you’ve just watched.

Is there a passmark?

Yes. Every set of questions requires you to get 75% to move on to the next clip.

Can I re-sit the test?

Yes you can. If you don’t get the 75% pass mark you can re-sit the test but the questions are likely to be different to the ones you just attempted.

Can I watch the clip again?

Yes you can. As many times as you want to.

Can I fast forward through the clip?

No, we’ve disabled that facility. When we were setting these courses up we looked at some other e-Learning courses out there and found out we could fast forward to the end of each section. In our opinion, that’s no way to learn. This stuff is important and could save lives and stop accidents and injuries – that’s why we make sure that you have to watch the video through to the end.

Why are the courses delivered by video?

Watching moving images and swiftly decoding the messages within, is second nature to us all. The average viewer in the UK watches more than 3 hand a half hours of TV a day. What better way to receive information whilst at work? But there’s another key reason. On average video learners score 37 percent better than text learners on a post-training test. On retention tests given a few days following the training session, video learners’ scores were 45 percent greater when compared to the text group. (University of Twente, 2012)

Training by video is simply a more effective way to learn. 

Is the video just someone talking at me?

Nope. We create scenarios, we interview victims and medical experts, we show what you should be doing and a lot of the things you shouldn’t be doing. We make these videos as entertaining as we can. When you’re entertained, you’re concentrating. That’s key. We also use a professional crew and the outstanding actor, Mark Roper

Food safety training

Case study

A pub worker cleaning a urinal almost succumbed to fatally toxic fumes after he unwittingly created a mixture used in chemical warfare during WW1.

Jason Smith, assistant manager at the Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower, Ashtead, said he had no idea pouring descaler then bleach down the urinal would result in poisonous chlorine gas.

Mr Smith said: “The chemicals combined and started pumping out toxic vapour. When I saw vapour coming out I left because I knew it was not very good.”

But Mr Smith said he then decided to go back inside the pub toilet in order to wedge open the door and let fresh air inside.

He said: “When I bent down close to the ground, my eyes were stinging, my lungs were burning and I nearly passed out.”

Fighting back the fumes he swiftly evacuated the pub and rang NHS Direct and 101 to get advice.

He said: “I realised what was happening very quickly and sealed off the section. I was about to go in there with a bucket of water when the fire brigade turned up. They took in a giant fan to blow the vapours away.”

Epsom firefighters who attended the incident at 3.30pm on Saturday said Mr Smith was lucky to escape the toilet still conscious.

Crew manager Jon Bennett said: “He thought he was doing the right thing pouring the bleach and descaler in the toilet. If he had stayed in there we would have been carrying him out rather than him stumbling out.”

Descaling agents can sometimes include hydrochloric acid, which, if mixed with bleach can create chlorine gas, the toxic substance used to kill thousands during World War One.

(Sutton and Croydon Guardian – 2013)