Asbestos Awareness


Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material for centuries.  Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases including Mesothelioma, Asbestos-related lung cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural thickening.

Asbestos is a natural non-flammable, flexible, durable and malleable material which has been used in construction for centuries. However, in recent years, working with Asbestos has been linked with severe health risks. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibres into the air. If then inhaled, these fibres can cause serious and sometimes fatal lung diseases (for example, Mesothelioma, Asbestos-related lung cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural thickening).  These diseases can take decades to develop and as Asbestos was not banned in the UK until late 1999, any employee who worked in buildings built before this date, could be at risk.

According to the  Health and Safety Executive  (HSE), asbestos kills 20 tradesmen every week in the UK.

Completion of this Asbestos Awareness Course will help protect employees from the potential dangers of Asbestos Containing Material (ACMs). Additionally, it will help employers fulfil their legal obligation in providing those employees, likely to come into contact with ACM’s, with appropriate information, instruction and training to keep them safe.

It provides users with the knowledge needed to identify the presence of asbestos, the different types of asbestos and the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos. Delegates will understand the importance of current legislation (The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) and the need for safe working practices.

This online course explains the importance of asbestos surveys and action plans and the requirement of making these documents available to any tradesperson working at a site where asbestos has been identified.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for raising awareness and is suitable for any employee who may come into contact with Asbestos containing materials in their work environment.  The course does not qualify you to work with, knowingly disturb or remove asbestos.

Course outline

Main Sections within the Asbestos Awareness course:

  • Asbestos Awareness Overview
  • Managing Asbestos
  • Asbestos Materials
  • Final Test

Asbestos Awareness Course Objectives:

  • To explain what Asbestos is and the different types of Asbestos.
  • To describe Asbestos-related diseases and risk factors
  • To highlight the legal requirements concerning Asbestos and how Asbestos is managed in the workplace.
  • To detail the common types of Asbestos materials and where they may be found.
  • To explain the procedures for dealing with Asbestos related emergencies.