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HABC Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

This qualification specification is designed to outline all you need to know to offer this qualification at your centre. If you have any further questions, please contact your account manager.

The Highfield Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (RQF) has been developed and is awarded by Highfield Qualifications and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is a qualification framework regulated by Ofqual. It is also suitable for delivery in Wales and is regulated by Qualifications Wales.

target audience

This qualification is aimed at learners who have access to any environment where coming into contact with hazardous substances is likely. This includes workplaces in areas such as manufacturing, cleaning, healthcare, transport, utilities and office environments as well as classroom environments.

course details
6 HoursEnglishHABC
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course Objective

The qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills needed to recognise the risks associated with hazardous substances and how to control them. The objective of the qualification is predominantly to support a role in the workplace, however may also be suitable for younger learners preparing for employment or wishing to progress onto further learning in a related subject.

course outline

Learning Outcomes
The learner will

Assessment Criteria
The learner can

Understand the principles of hazardous substances in the workplace

Outline duties relating to hazardous substances at work

Understand how hazardous substances can cause hazards and risks to health within the workplace

 Identify the consequences for non-compliance with duties

Understand how risk assessments contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace

Define the following key terms:

  • Risk
  • Hazardous substance
  • Risk Assessment

Understand the precautions and procedures necessary to ensure the risks associated with hazardous substances are properly controlled

State the different forms that hazardous substances can take.


Identify the health and safety effects that may occur following exposure to hazardous substances State the routes that hazardous substances can enter the body


Outline the process of risk assessment


Identify how risk assessments reduce accidents and ill health at work

Identify the risk control hierarchy for hazardous substances


Identify common COSHH symbols


Outline the types of information that should be referred to for the safe identification and use of hazardous substances


State the general procedures that should be in place for dealing with an incident involving hazardous substances


Multiple-choice examination

4-Oct-2008:00-14:00 (QATAR)
09:00-15:00 (OMAN)
9-Oct-2015:00-21:00 (QATAR)
16:00-22:00 (OMAN)