Our online Asbestos Awareness course is suitable for anyone who could discover or disturb asbestos as part of their day-to-day work. It will help you to avoid disturbing asbestos while working on buildings built before the year 2000. It covers what asbestos is, the properties of asbestos, the health effects of breathing in asbestos fibres, the types of asbestos, where you might find it, and what to do if you accidentally discover of disturb suspected asbestos containing materials.
This course does not cover working with asbestos materials.
This course will take about 90 minutes to complete
Our training courses are designed so that the content is broken down into small, manageable chunks. Each chunk takes no more than a couple of minutes to complete, and you can come straight back to where you left off from a link on your account page.
Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the properties of asbestos and outline the history of its use.
- Outline the health effects of asbestos.
- Outline the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in buildings and plant.
- Identify the main statutory provisions (laws) that relate to asbestos.
- Know the correct procedures to follow in an emergency (such as accidental release of unexpected discovery).
- Know how to avoid the risks of asbestos.
About this course
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 place a legal duty on employers to provide Asbestos Awareness training to any staff who could discover or disturb asbestos as part of their day-to-day work. This course helps to meet that requirement, and provides staff with the essential information they need to protect themselves.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral mined from rock. When mixed with other materials, it serves to enhance them by making them stronger, heat resistant and weather resistant amongst other things. It was an incredibly useful building material and was used in a wide range of building products from the mid 20th century through to 1999.
However, when asbestos fibres are inhaled they can cause irreparable damage to the lungs, and is responsible for over 5000 deaths every year. For that reason, asbestos was banned at the end of 1999. However, it still remains hidden in many buildings and if damaged, workers could still breath in the deadly fibres. Construction workers working on refurb jobs, electricians and plumbers are at particularly high risk.
This training will help you to avoid disturbing asbestos in the first place, so you can protect yourself.
Who should do this course?
This course is suitable for anyone who works on buildings built before the year 2000, and as a result could potentially discover or disturb asbestos materials.
- Most construction workers who work on refurb jobs.
- Work supervisors.
- Plumbers and heating engineers.
This course is not suitable if you intend to work with or remove asbestos materials.
Why is this training important?
It’s important that you are able to protect yourself, your colleagues and your family from exposure to asbestos fibres. If asbestos is released into the air, it can be inhaled by many people, and be carried home on clothing.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations place a legal duty on employers to ensure employees have the appropriate knowledge to protect themselves, by attending asbestos awareness training.
The regulations also place a duty on anyone responsible for a non-domestic premises (workplace) to ensure that people who visit or work on the building are not exposed to asbestos.
This course plays a key role in providing you with the knowledge you need to protect yourself.
Assessment and Certification
At the end of the course there is a multiple choice test that you will need to pass. There are also some brief questions throughout the course that are included to get you thinking about what you have learned and how you can apply that knowledge.
Once the course is complete, you will be able to download your certificate immediately. Your result will also be stored in our system and you can simply log back in to download another copy if you need to.
If you are purchasing this course for a group, you just need to select the group option above before you “Add to Basket”. Once you have done this you can select how many licenses you wish to purchase, and add a name for the group.
Once you have completed your purchase, the course will appear in the “Groups Dashboard” section of your account. From here you can easily invite learners to the course, monitor their progress and download copies of their certificates.