Blog, news & updates

Why Do You Need Asbestos Awareness Training?

Why do you need Asbestos Awareness Training?

If you’re involved in the construction industry, whether as an employee or a business owner, you cannot afford to begin any project without ensuring that you and your team have taken part in complete Asbestos Awareness Training. Even if you don’t expect asbestos to be present on your construction site, you need to undertake this training to ensure the highest levels of safety.

Any building which was originally built, or undertook refurbishment, before the year 2000 could have asbestos in its infrastructure. This form of online training is absolutely essential to help you avoid unnecessary risks which could really cause lasting damage. 

Who Needs To Undertake Online Asbestos Awareness Training? 

Asbestos awareness training should be given to any and all employees whose work could see them disturbing the fabric of these older buildings – potentially exposing them to asbestos. Similarly, it is important that site managers and supervisors understand the dangers associated with asbestos and don’t ask their employees to perform any work without the correct equipment and protective clothing.

In particular, this form of practical education should be given to a range of other tradesmen and specialists in a range of industries relating to construction and destruction industries. This can include self-employed contractors and full-time employees, such as:

  • Demolition Specialists;
  • Construction Workers & Builders;
  • Electricians;
  • Plumbers;
  • Gas Fitters;
  • Joiners;
  • Painters & Decorators;
  • Engineers;
  • Installation Specialists Including:
  • Heating & Ventilation;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Computer, IT & Data Installers;
  • Fire, Burglar Alarm & CCTV Installers

 These requirements only apply to those construction sites which have a chance of featuring ACM (asbestos containing materials) within their infrastructure. Whether or not a site includes the potential for ACM should be obvious regarding its date, but an assessment should always be carried out on an existing property beforehand to establish whether ACM is present.

It is worth pointing out that this form of training will not prepare either contractors or employees from carrying out direct work with asbestos-containing materials. AAT is intended to help professionals avoid carrying out dangerous work that will disturb the fibres of asbestos or other ACMs.

What Does An Asbestos Awareness Training Course Include?

If you choose to take the online asbestos awareness course with iHASCO, your education will be split into three main categories.

  1. What Is Asbestos?
  2. Where Is Asbestos Found?
  3. Emergency Procedures In The Event Of ACMs.

What Is Asbestos?

In the first segment of the educational course, you will look at the three most common forms of asbestos – amosite, crocidolite and chrysotile. You, or your staff, will learn why they were used, how they were used and take an in-depth look at their structure to ensure that you understand why they are so dangerous.

You will also learn about the four major diseases that are typically associated with ACMs, including asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural thickening and mesothelioma.

Where Can You Find Asbestos?

In the middle section, you will understand where you are most likely to find ACMs in your construction work. Through our unique, interactive online building, you will be able to click through the specific areas of a building and understand where it was used and why. We will also make sure that you are up-to-date with all relevant legislation concerning asbestos.

The Emergency Procedures

Finally, we will take a look at how you should react in the event that you accidentally discover or disturb the asbestos itself. We will provide you with step-by-step guides and advice on how to deal with all kinds of ACMs, including small/large amounts, dust and debris. 

4 people in Asbestos Suits removing some Asbestos

Industry-Recognised Asbestos Awareness Training, From iHASCO:

Here at iHASCO, we are able to provide a diverse range of high-quality online training courses for individuals, employers and complete workforces. All of our educational material is up to date with the very latest legislation, and most can be completed in an extremely short time. Our online training courses are designed to provide a lot of great, essential information on a particular topic to ensure the highest levels of employee health and safety.

Asbestos Awareness Training