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Hazardous Substance Risk Assessment (COSHH) - HS005

This non – accredited course will introduce the skills required to carry out a hazardous substances risk assessment in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and UK environmental legislation.

This course will provide attendees with the ability to identify different hazards (physical, health and environmental), the risks involved, and the appropriate health and safety control measures to put in place for safe working. The course is based on Health & Safety Executive’s ‘five steps for risk assessment’ and the COSHH ‘Hierarchy of Control’ of hazardous substances.

It also includes a practical COSHH based risk assessment exercise (QMUL Template) using safety data sheets and will provide information on practical measures such as emergency procedures and waste disposal.

Duration: 3 hours.


  1. Understand types of hazards (hazardous substances) and note legislation covered by this course
  2. Identify hazards that arise from an experimental process
  3. Interpret safety data sheets
  4. Understand how to carry out a hazardous substance risk assessment
  5. Identify appropriate controls for hazards to minimise risk
  6. Understand the hierarchy of control
  7. Review a hazardous substance risk assessment

Certification:  An email certificate of attendance will be available to delegates on completion of this course.

Suitability: This course is open to all Laboratory based QMUL staff and postgraduate students who wish to gain the skills needed to carry out a hazardous substance risk assessment. This course is suitable for all who work with hazardous materials, and especially for those who will be using hazardous chemicals in research or teaching laboratories. 

Requalification / Refresher: please see Hazardous Substance Risk Assessment (COSHH) REFRESHER - HS015

Booking: Please book on via the CPD Platform, if you have any issues gaining access please contact the IT Helpdesk.

External organisations:  Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL / Barts Health NHS Trust arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable to other organisations see QMUL e-Shop for details. Please complete the External Organisation Non-Accredited H&S Training Request Form.

Further Information: If you require any further details, please contact the HSD Helpdesk.

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