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COSHH in a Food Environment

  • Meet the UK training requirements for food handlers
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Course Overview: COSHH in a Food Environment

The COSHH in a Food Environment course was designed in accordance to the 2002 COSHH regulation. This e-learning course aims to train both employees and employers about how exposure to hazardous substances in working food environments affect the health of thousands of people every year, and how this can be reduced and prevented.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 No. 2677 states that every employer has a duty to ensure that the exposure of his employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.

This e-learning COSHH course was designed for food handlers to comply with the latest food industry legislation to manage the risks involved in handling hazardous substances therefore reduce accidents by learning about the meaning of COSHH and COSHH assessments.

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What is COSHH?

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. The 2002 COSHH regulations are UK statutory instruments designed to reduce and prevent workers exposure to hazardous substances. This includes regular assessments of risks, monitoring occupational health issues, and ensuring control measures are used and maintained.

This COSHH training course will benefit both employees and employers working in a food environment. By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations to the 2002 COSHH regulations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits to your business, protecting yourself and/or your employees by controlling the exposure to hazardous substances.

CPD Certified COSHH Assessment

Upon completion of this online COSHH course, learners will sit an online training test and upon successful completion, will receive a City & Guilds Certificate for COSHH in a food environment, meeting the legal training required for COSHH legislation.

As a recognised City and Guilds Accredited centre, our course content and our learner support systems are all City and Guilds approved quality assured, including our online delivery processes. Upon completion of our courses you will receive an official City and Guilds certified qualification for COSHH in a food environment.


What will you learn?

  • COSHH for food - What is COSHH? An overview of the legal background and relevant legislation.
  • Substances- This module looks at the definition of a hazardous substance, what substances fall under COSHH and examples of potentially hazardous substances.
  • Why is COSHH important?- In this section you will begin to understand why COSHH is important and how it relates to potential health issues including occupational skin diseases or asthma.
  • Case studies and prosecutions- This module explores previous case studies and looks at prosecutions that have been due to COSHH.
  • COSHH requirements- This section covers the requirements of COSHH, what to think about when conducting risk assessments, how to identify hazardous substances and what risks you will need to consider.
  • Who should carry out the assessments? - In this module you will begin to understand who should carry out COSHH assessments, describe what precautions are needed, how assessments can be recorded, adequately control or prevent exposure, ensure that control measures are used and maintained and emergency plans are prepared.
  • Informing, training and supervising employees - This section looks at how employees should be informed, trained and supervised when it comes to COSHH and how health can be monitored.
  • What do you need to do as an employee? - In this module we learn the bad practise with COSHH Regulations and how to maintain COSHH requirements as a legal obligation.
Certification and Duration

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate which contributes 1-2 hours towards your CPD.

The training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). This is equivalent to 6 hours face-to-face group training.

Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. If necessary, the learner may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support.

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the learning management system works.


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post.

If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training. You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course.


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time, however the training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete, depending on learning speed.

Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. If necessary, the learner may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support.

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