Key Features & Benefits of this Course
- Complete the course in just 30 minutes online
- CPD accredited
- IATP & IOSH approved
- Helps you to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and CDM Regulations 2015
- Suitable for everybody at risk from exposure
- Learn about the appropriate control measures, risk assessments and emergency procedures
- Cost effective training with bulk discounts available
- Trial and Demo also available
- Contact us to find out more about condensed versions and different languages
Asbestos Awareness Training Course Contents
1. What is Asbestos?
In section 1, we look at the three major types of asbestos – chrysotile, crocidolite and amosite, looking at their structure, how they were used, why they were used and why they are such a health risk. We cover the four major diseases caused by asbestos - asbestosis, pleural thickening, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
2. Where is Asbestos found?
In this section we look at the Law, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the legal requirement to have up-to-date information on the location and condition of any asbestos in a building before any work is started.
We then look at the places you are most likely to find asbestos, how it was commonly used and where it can commonly be found in buildings today. We use an interactive building – click to see how asbestos may have been used in each area.
3. Emergency Procedures to Asbestos Exposure
Here we look at the procedures that should be followed if you should unexpectedly discover or disturb asbestos, whether it is a small amount, or if there is a lot of dust or debris. We use step-by-step guidance and include the requirement to keep a record of any incidents. We also highlight the need to practice emergency procedures.
Our Asbestos Awareness Course also includes an interview with a man that has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. He talks about his experiences with Asbestos when he was an apprentice, at a time when very little was known about the dangers of the material and when health and safety barely existed. - Some viewers may find this distressing.
Asbestos Awareness Certificate
This Asbestos Awareness Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.
As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.
What does my certificate include?
Asbestos Awareness certificates include name of person, the course taken, pass mark as a percentage, company name (if required), completion date, expiry date and logos of any health & safety bodies that have approved our course.
Legislation relating to Asbestos
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 - which came into force on 6th April 2012 - requires that the responsible person (or duty holder) in all non-domestic premises is responsible for ensuring that people who work there or visit the premises are protected against ill-health from exposure to asbestos. This includes all non-domestic buildings – industrial, commercial or public buildings – for example, offices, schools, hospitals, factories, shops and warehouses.
"Every employer must prevent the exposure to asbestos of any employee employed by that employer so far as is reasonably practicable."
Section 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations, ‘INFORMATION, INSTRUCTION and TRAINING’,
stipulates that every employer must ensure that any employee who is liable to be exposed to asbestos is given adequate information, instruction and training so that they are aware of:
1. The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including its interaction with smoking
2. The types of products or materials likely to contain asbestos
3. The operations which could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventative controls to minimise exposure
4. Emergency procedures, use of protective equipment, decontamination and asbestos waste handling
Asbestos Awareness also falls under the Construction Design Management Regulations 2015. You can view the iHasco CDM guide here.
Who should use our Asbestos Awareness Training?
Anyone that has the possibility of coming into contact with or disturbing asbestos MUST have asbestos training. In fact, it’s a legal requirement.
Those working in construction are more likely to come into contact with asbestos, especially if they are working in older buildings. Although asbestos has been illegal for decades in the UK, it’s now killing more people than anywhere else in the world; even more than countries where asbestos is still legally used.
Professions that are most likely to encounter or disturb asbestos include (but are not limited to):
- Construction workers
- Demolition workers
- Maintenance staff
- Painters & Decorators
Some of the most common asbestos-containing materials include:
- Many forms of insulation
- Fireproofing materials
- Cloth and textile products
- Adhesives and taping compounds
- Pipe and sheet materials
- Siding and roofing (includes roofing felt and shingles)
- Vermiculate (a substance used in brake pads, tiles and some insulation)
- Vinyl tiles
- Spark plugs