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

HABC Level 2 Award

  • This qualification is aimed at those learners who work in an 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.
  • It gives learners the knowledge and skills to recognise the risks associated with hazardous substances and how to control them.


  • There are no prerequisites for this qualification.
  • It is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.


  • This qualification is assessed through a 15-question multiple-choice examination.
  • The duration of the examination is 30 minutes.
  • Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 10 out of 15.


Understand the law relating to hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • Outline employers and employees duties relating to hazardous substances at work.
  • Outline the consequences for non-compliance with statutory duties.
  • List the ways in which an employer can communicate hazardous substances safety information.
Understand how risk assessments contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace.
Understand the precautions and procedures necessary to ensure the risks associated with hazardous substances are properly controlled.
  • Define the terms hazard and risk with respect to hazardous substances.
  • List the different forms that hazardous substances can take.
  • Outline the health and safety effects that may arise following exposure or release of hazardous substances.
  • Outline the routes that hazardous substances can enter the body.
  • Describe how risk assessments reduce accidents and ill health at work.
  • Outline the five step process of risk assessment.
  • Outline the control hierarchy in respect of safe use, handling, transporting, storage and disposal of substances hazardous to health.
  • Outline the types of information that should be referred to for the safe identification and use of hazardous substances.
  • Describe the general procedures that should be in place for dealing with an incident involving hazardous substances.


  • One Day Course.
  • Total Quality Consultancy / Client facility.

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