AoFAQ Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) (RQF)
This qualification is designed for anyone who works with hazardous chemicals.
This includes industries such as education, manufacturing, health and social care, cleaning, offices, military, industry etc.
Course Duration: Typically half-day
Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
The AoFAQ Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) (RQF) qualification is designed for anyone who comes into contact with hazardous chemicals. This includes industries such as education, manufacturing, health and social care, cleaning, offices, military, industry etc.
Employers have a legal responsibility under health and safety legislation to provide adequate training which is in line with the role of the employee. Failure to do so can result in criminal proceedings in the courts.
The qualification has been approved by Ofqual and the Welsh Government and is a regulated qualification. It is also supported by Pro Skills the Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing sector.
Name: AoFAQ Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) (RQF)
Qualification Number: 601/4876/7
Qualification Type: RQF
Guided Learning Hours: 5 (this qualification requires a minimum of 4 classroom hrs.)
Where this qualification is undertaken in less than 5 hrs, additional learner instruction may be undertaken through research i.e. Internet, reading or work based activities.
Validity: 3 years
Certificate Price £6.00 + VAT*
* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.
1. Understand the law relating to hazardous substances in the workplace.
1.1 Outline employers and employees duties relating to hazardous substances at work
1.2 Outline the consequences for non compliance with statutory duties
1.3 List the ways in which an employer can communicate hazardous substances safety information
2. Understand how risk assessments contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace.
2.1 Define the terms hazard and risk with respect to hazardous substances
2.2 List the different forms that hazardous substances can take
2.3 Outline the health and safety effects that may arise following exposure or release of hazardous substances
2.4 Outline the routes that hazardous substances can enter the body
2.5 Describe how risk assessments reduce accidents and ill health at work
2.6 Outline the five step process of risk assessment
3. Understand the precautions and procedures necessary to ensure the risks associated with hazardous substances are properly controlled.
3.1 Outline the control hierarchy in respect of safe use, handling, transporting, storage and disposal of substances hazardous to health
3.2 Outline the types of information that should be referred to for the safe identification and use of hazardous substances
3.3 Describe the general procedures that should be in place for dealing with an incident involving hazardous substances
- Multi Choice Questions (MCQ)
To Awarded this qualification the Learner must achieve a percentage pass in the MCQ paper.
AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials
The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ to support the qualification:
- This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.
Scheme of Work:
- This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.
- Full colour brochure for your clients – can be branded with your Centre details
Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements
Trainer, Assessor Requirements
AOFAQ recognises the variety of qualifications available. In order to deliver this course, the tutor must have a teaching qualification and/or teaching experience and a suitable qualification in the field of health and safety. Tutors must maintain their own continued personal development to ensure subject currency.
Acceptable teaching/ training qualifications:
The tutor must hold one of the following:
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
- Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
- Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
- Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
- Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
- Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
- Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
- Professional trainer certificate
- IHCD Instructional methods course
- Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development
- CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice
- Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)
If your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us.
Acceptable subject knowledge qualifications may include:
The tutor must hold one of the following:
- Level 3 or 4 in Supervising/Managing Health and Safety in the Workplace
- NEBOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health
- NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
- IOSH Managing Safely
- Degree/ Dip HE in Environmental Health, Health and Safety etc
- Any other qualification approved by AOFAQ
No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications
It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.
Internal Quality Assurers
Internal Quality Assurers must:
Meet the criteria of the trainer as listed.
- Have working knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place
- Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors
- Visit and observe assessments and carry out other related internal quality assurance
Note: It is understood that not all IQAs will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQAs are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:
- SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
- RQF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
- Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- V1 or D34
Note: This list is not exhaustive.