Covered in this course

The Asbestos Awareness Training course is broken down into 3 sections.

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.

Diagram of ribs and lungs of a person showing heavy and light asbestos exposure as part of our asbestos awareness training course

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.

Person on a ladder looking in the ceiling to check for asbestos as part as asbestos awareness training

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. 

Two workers, one in a protective suit and respirator, the other with asbestos dust, to show the importance of asbestos awareness

Asbestos Awareness Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

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?

Your Asbestos Awareness Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Asbestos Training Certificate

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Legislation relating to Asbestos

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

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."

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

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
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Painters & Decorators
  • Joiners
  • Roofers

Asbestos-containing materials

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)
  • Bitumen
  • Artex
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Spark plugs
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