Principles of COSHH

Level 2

Prepares employees to contribute to the safer use of hazardous substances


The CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of COSHH qualification replaces the CIEH Principles of COSHH Certificate. The training programme remains the same, although we have produced a detailed, updated syllabus and a ‘How to deliver’ document.


The principal change is that, we now issue a 30-multiple-choice-question examination papers that are scan marked. Candidates are allowed one hour to complete the exam. The switch to scan marking should make this qualification easier to deliver and reflects the CIEH’s commitment to robust and transparent assessment methods.

All centres and trainers registered to deliver the CIEH Principles of COSHH Certificate have been registered automatically to deliver the new award. The new scan-marked papers for the CIEH Level 2 Award in Principles of COSHH were issued in 2 July 2007. Old-style examination papers were withdrawn on 31 December 2007.

Please note that, an updated training pack and the new booklet is now available to buy for this qualification. To place your order, call the CIEH Sales Order Hotline on 020 7828 5900




This qualification is designed for those who use substances hazardous to health at work. It introduces candidates to substances, the risks and controls available, and outlines what to expect from a control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessment. The qualification will prepare employees to contribute to the safer use of hazardous substances in their workplaces.


Outline programme


The qualification covers the following topics:

  • Definition and types of substances hazardous to health in the workplace
  • Health effects of hazardous substances and their causes
  • COSHH assessments and control options
  • Responsibilities imposed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002



Qualification information


Designed for: All employees


Course duration: Half day


Assessment method: Multiple choice test of 30 questions


QCA Accredited: No


Level: Level 2


Exam time: 1 hour


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