Course Details

Chemical Safety and COSHH

Who should attend?

Research supervisors, technicians, laboratory workers and any others who may handle chemicals routinely and who need to understand the relevance of the COSHH regulations in the context of their work.

Course Details

The definition of 'hazardous substances' under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations is wide ranging, but broadly includes such agents as chemicals, dusts, micro-organisms and some naturally occurring substances, e.g. pollens. The University is required to prevent or adequately control exposure to such substances and protect the health and safety of those exposed. The first step in this process is risk assessment and key individuals handling these substances are expected to complete risk assessments in advance of new work starting in their departments or work areas.

The Safety Office is offering a short introduction to COSHH, primarily concentrating on chemical safety. The aim is to provide course participants with appropriate information to recognise chemical hazards, evaluate risks, identify appropriate control measures and to adequately document their findings.

The following is indicative of the course content:

  • Legal requirements
  • CLIP, MSDS, H&P phrases
  • Hazard versus Risk
  • Risk evaluation
  • Risk control measures
  • Hierarchy of control
  • Principles of good practice
  • Health surveillance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Waste disposal
  • Documentation


There are currently no scheduled dates for this course.

For further information contact Safety Office.