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Course Detail

HS005 - Hazardous Substance Risk Assessment (COSHH)

This course will introduce the skills required to carry out a hazardous substances risk assessment, in order to carry out a thorough 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), risks involved, and the appropriate 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 include a practical ‘table-top’ hazardous substance risk assessment exercise using safety data sheets and will provide information on practical measures such as emergency procedures and waste disposal.

There is a ‘closed book’ 15 min knowledge quiz test at the end of the training course

Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • hazardous substances • hazardous substances risk assessment • safety data sheets • GHS symbols • routes of exposure • hierarchy of control • waste disposal • storage/transport; emergency arrangements; how to review an assessment; asphyxiants.

Certification: Attendees must successfully complete the knowledge quiz test. Valid for a 3 year period.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand types of hazards (hazardous substances) and note legislation covered by this course
  • Identify hazards that arise from an experimental process / Interpret safety data sheets
  • Understand how to carry out a hazardous substance risk assessment
  • Identify appropriate controls for hazards to minimise risk / Understand the hierarchy of control
  • Review a hazardous substance risk assessment / Understand hazards of, and controls for asphyxiants

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Tuesday 26 November 2019

Venue: Scape 3.01, Scape, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


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

Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course.